Joint Press Release
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Joint Statement from Marquette County and City of Montello
Marquette County Impacted by Flooding and Multiple Tornadoes
The National Weather Service has confirmed that three tornadoes caused wide-spread damage in Marquette County, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, Aug. 28th. “This is the first time I can recall tornadic and severe straight-line winds traveling from one end of the county to the other causing a substantial amount of damage throughout the entire path it travelled,” stated Marquette County Chief Deputy Sheriff Joe Konrath.
The National Weather Service reported the first tornado appeared at about 3:00pm near the Village of Oxford on the west side of the county. The EF-1 tornado proceeded southeast towards the Village of Endeavor for approximately two-thirds of a mile with a path up to 50-yards wide and wind speeds reaching 90mph.
A second EF-1 tornado then began near the Village of Endeavor and proceeded to the east for 1.80 miles, with a path up to 75-yards wide. The third tornado began on the eastern border of Marquette County near Fur Rd. This tornado was 90-yards wide and made a 3.22-mile path east into Green Lake County.
Straight line winds, reaching 60-80mph also passed through the county, which created a swath of damage 5-10 miles wide. One of the hardest hit areas was near Packwaukee in the Meadow Shores sub-division. Emergency crews walked over fallen trees to begin house-to-house checks Tuesday afternoon, as other crews began clearing roads for emergency vehicles to enter.
Over 200 residences were affected by the tornadoes, in addition to extensive tree and crop damage. There were no injuries reported.
While clean-up from this event continues, officials are now focused on the rising Fox and Montello Rivers that intersect in the City of Montello. As of Friday morning, city officials were reporting that 152 businesses and residences had flood damage. A total of 13 residences have been evacuated. Officials are currently monitoring the forecast, which is calling for up to two inches of additional rain over the weekend.
Bob Miller, Chair of the Marquette County Board, commented that the county Emergency Management Director Aaron Williams has been acting as the coordinator between each of the municipalities affected by the tornadoes and flooding. He also expressed his appreciation for the citizen volunteers who have been assisting in storm clean-up and flood preparation efforts. “There have been wide-spread efforts of people helping their neighbors,” he said. Multiple fire departments, sheriff’s deputies, and other emergency responders from surrounding counties have provided assistance, in addition to the Red Cross.
City of Montello Mayor Gary Doudna also praised emergency responders, municipal employees, relief agencies and citizens for coming together in this time of need.
Several roads remain closed in the county due to flooding. These include:
Cty. Hwy. O from Cty. Hwy. F to Cty. Hwy. T
Cty. Hwy. T to the Columbia County line
Gale Dr. between Cty. Hwy. CX and Douglas Ave.
Hwy. 23 between I-39 and Briggsville
10th Lane in Town of Newton
11th Road north of the City of Montello
Cty. Hwy. D “The Packwaukee Causeway” is open to local traffic only. No heavy trucks.
State Hwy. 22 South/Main St. City of Montello
On Thursday, Governor Scott Walker, along with Major General Donald P. Dunbar and Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator Brian Satula toured the area and offered resources to assist the county and city. Governor Walker has declared a State of Emergency for the entire state.
Area citizens seeking information on road closures, no-wake lakes, and other information related to these events are asked to go to the Marquette County Government website www.co.marquette.wi.us or the Marquette County, WI Facebook page for updates.