Gov. Evers declares state of emergency in wake of severe storms, widespread damage

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin is now in a State of Emergency following severe storms that caused widespread damage, cut power, downed trees and closed roads across the state.

Gov. Tony Evers signed an executive order Thursday morning declaring the State of Emergency to ensure resources are available to help with recovery efforts.

“Last night’s storms affected communities from the Mississippi River to Lake Michigan, leaving many regions with widespread damage,” Evers said. “Wisconsinites are resilient, and I know first responders, utilities, and many across our state are working to respond today.”

Declaring a State of Emergency allows the Wisconsin National Guard to be called to duty to help state and local authorities with their recovery efforts.

Read Evers’ full executive order here.