By The Business Journal of Milwaukee

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle has declared a state of emergency in Milwaukee County following severe storms and flash flooding throughout the county.

The storms have forced people from their homes, damaged many roadways and other structures, and caused extensive power outages. A sinkhole on Milwaukee's north side reportedly damaged dozen of houses on the 5000 block of North 19th Place and another sinkhole at Oakland and North avenues swallowed an SUV. The driver reportedly escaped unharmed.

⿿I am declaring a state of emergency for Milwaukee County,⿝ Doyle said in a press release. ⿿Yesterday, Milwaukee saw what may be record rainfall. Mayor (Tom) Barrett called to update me on the damage this morning and I assured him that the state will do everything we can to help people in Milwaukee.⿝

The state of emergency directs state agencies to assist local governments in recovering from this natural disaster. Wisconsin Emergency Management is working with local officials to begin assessing the damage and determining what resources would be needed to help speed response and recovery efforts.

Local and state officials are continuing to work to get an accurate assessment of the damage and the resources needed to help speed recovery efforts.

See the Executive Order here.

See The Business Journal's coverage of the Milwaukee-area flooding:
â¿¢ Storms strand hundreds at Mitchell International
â¿¢ Floods take out Channel 58 transmitter
â¿¢ Time Warner Cable loses channels 18, 24
â¿¢ Flood report: House slipping into sinkhole
â¿¢ Miller Park not damaged by floods
â¿¢ Travel Channel filming at AJ Bombers delayed by flood
â¿¢ State of emergency declared for Milwaukee County
â¿¢ Businesses adapt to area flooding
â¿¢ Flood generates business for some companies
â¿¢ Aldermen search for solutions to flooding

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