Jackson County is in a state of emergency.
A dam gate in Black River Falls was ripped off by
a large tree that was being carried by rushing water
Viewers also sent us this video of entire docks and
boats floating down the river.
Utility officials say all of the dam's gates were
open at the time .
so the damaged gate didn't allow any extra water to
Despite the failure .
officials say the public is not in danger.
The main protection mechanism is the dike iteself
and the National Weather Service has predicted the
crest below the level of the dike so as of right now
there is no concern for public safety.
The rest of the Black River dam is still in tact.
Officials say they have to wait for water levels to
go down before they can repair the broken gate.