Up to 9 inches of rain washes out roads, floods homes in western Wisconsin


Elizabeth Flores – Star Tribune

Roads were closed near the intersections of Cedar Avenue and Dodd Road in Lakeville due to flooding Monday.

When Melissa Rice went to bed Sunday night, she knew there was a chance for inclement weather and prayed there would not be a tornado.

There was no tornado in Baldwin, Wis., but hours of heavy rain - up to 9 inches according to some estimates - brought flooding that washed out roads and sent gallons of water pouring into basements all across town.

The torrent had law enforcement conducting water rescues and evacuations in Baldwin, a town about 40 miles east of St. Paul. At least eight families were evacuated from houses near a creek and taken to a nearby community center, said Jeff Klatt, field service captain with the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office.



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