(Madison, WI) -- Governor Scott Walker has called up the National Guard to help Racine and Kenosha counties in the wake of this week's massive floods.
Walker declared a state of emergency today (Thursday) in those counties plus Walworth -- and he toured flood damage in Burlington, where police say four bridges that cross the Fox River are closed to both vehicles and pedestrians due to record floods. The river crested overnight at five and a half feet above its flood stage, after six to eight inches of rain fell Wednesday in Racine and Kenosha counties -- two days after storms dropped similar amounts in the same areas. Walker's state of emergency orders state agencies to help local officials where possible -- and the governor says the river floods will continue into the weekend. The Weather Service says a general flood warning is still in effect until 5:45 this (Thursday) evening in Racine, Kenosha, and Walworth counties.