Governor Walker is declaring a state of emergency
in 13 counties across Wisconsin .
including many in our area.
We're going to start tonight's team coverage of flooding
across the area in the small community of Victory
in Vernon County .
where one man is dead and a house is destroyed after
a mudslide carried the home onto a highway.
News 8's Madalyn O'Neill was there and has the latest..
Hi Mike and Martha .
This small bluffsidwe communtiy of Victory is upside
down after a mudslide earlier this morning.
It took a whole house up from a bluff down into the
Now the crew's search for the man today did not end
Victory has maybe I dont know 40 houses if that, 30
Now the loss of one of those houses is leaving a large
During the recovery efforts at the scene at about
pm or so we found the remains found the body of the
resident that was living here.
While crews work to clean up Highway 35 .
Residents are looking at the community like it's the
It's definitely the worst thing I've ever seen.
Because they've never seen it like this.
It's just unreal.
It's devastated, the town is tore apart from the flood
I have some family that live up the road that can't
Mud has claimed houses,
NAT: your house is okay?
garages, and cars.
A lot of things we're going to have to pay for ourselves.
Vernon county is a mess right now.
With one man already dead, and more rain expected,
the Vernon County Sheriff doesn't want to see any
Avoid travel if you can.
if it's not necesary, don't go out today.
Considering all the destruction .
and possibly more on the way .
the storm may go down in history.
We know its going to be serious, people keep asking
if its compared to floods of several years back we
dont know yet but right now its got a lot of potential.
The storm has already left quite a mark in Victory.
But you go with it, you can't do nothing else.
In Victory, MO, N8
The Vernon County Sheriff is urging anyone who's worried
about flooding or mudslide tonight to go somewhere
safe until this is all over.
Reporting in Victory.
I'm Madalyn O'Neill.
We'll send it over to News 8's Eric Jacobson for more
from Monroe County.