Gov. Tony Evers has signed an executive order declaring a statewide State of Emergency following widespread severe storms affecting several regions of the state.
The storms Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning caused widespread damage, downed trees and power lines, power outages, and road closures due to debris.
“I’m declaring a State of Emergency … to ensure state resources are available as we work together to get communities the support and help they need,” the guv said in a release.
Evers’ executive order directs state agencies to help those affected by the storms. It also allows the Wisconsin National Guard to be called to active duty, as the adjutant general deems necessary, to provide assistance supporting local authorities with their recovery efforts.