Gov. Evers declares state of emergency, authorizes National Guard help following downtown fires
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has declared a state of emergency for the City of Madison and Dane County following fires at two electric substations .
An executive order issued by Evers says the declaration was issued to “provide support during the large power outage that is exacerbated by the extreme heat wave affecting the area.”
— Jessica Arp (@news3jessica) July 19, 2019
Earlier Friday, Evers ordered all non-essential state employees to go home after many state office buildings lost power.
Today I signed executive order #34 declaring a state of emergency and closing affected state agency buildings due to two fires this morning at electric substations in Madison. pic.twitter.com/7ZXzfd1NrH
— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) July 19, 2019
“We are grateful that no one has been injured as a result of the explosion and fires this morning,” Evers said in a statement.
Thank you, @GovEvers for declaring a state of emergency. City employees and community partners are hard at work in the EOC to restore services for our residents. #CityOfMadison #MadisonOutage pic.twitter.com/XqSS8QkibI
— City of Madison, WI (@CityofMadison) July 19, 2019
Evers says he has directed all state agencies to provide assistance and has authorized the National Guard to assist local authorities if needed.
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