Gov. Evers declares State of Emergency after storms rip through Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Governor Tony Evers on Thursday, July 29, declared a State of Emergency following damaging storms that ripped through the state of Wisconsin overnight.

“Last night's storms affected communities from the Mississippi River to Lake Michigan, leaving many regions with widespread damage,” said Gov. Evers. “Wisconsinites are resilient, and I know first responders, utilities, and many across our state are working to respond today. I'm declaring a State of Emergency this morning to ensure state resources are available as we work together to get communities the support and help they need.”

Gov. Evers signed Executive Order #128 which directs state agencies, including the Wisconsin National Guard, to provide additional personnel and resources as needed to assist in emergency response and recovery operations.

The storm downed trees and power lines, leaving several thousand utility customers without power.

Evers got an up-close look at the destruction during a visit to Jefferson County Thursday.

He's urging impacted homeowners to be patient with the assessment process.

"It takes time," Gov. Evers said. "The damage is significant and spread all over this township, so the work that's being done today will eventually result in a decision around what kind of help we can give financially."

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