LANGLADE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - About two dozen Wisconsin Army National Guard soldiers have reported to active duty to help with storm damage in Langlade County.
The troops are delivering water for flushing septic systems and other uses. The 32nd Red Arrow Infantry Brigade Combat Team is providing water trailers.
Langlade County's damage was caused by a "macroburst". That is a downburst of straight-line winds. The National Weather Service says winds speeds may have been 100 mph in that area.
Gov. Tony Evers has declared a statewide state of emergency. That authorizes the National Guard to help civil authorities.
“The Wisconsin National Guard is honored to answer the governor’s call and support our fellow citizens and communities during this difficult time,” said Major General Don Dunbar. “The National Guard, along with Wisconsin Emergency Management, first responders, and other state agencies stand ready to assist in any way we can to help our citizens get their lives back to normal as quickly as possible.”
A post on the Langlade County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page states, the trucks will be at the following locations:
The Post Lake Improvement Association
Pickerel Fire Station #3
The Town of Langlade Town Hall in Lily
The Summit Lake Beach
The Town of Evergreen Town Hall in Elton
Showers are also open at the Aquatic Center in Antigo. 111 Western Avenue from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no charge.
The department stated Elcho Fire Department and Wolf River Town Hall/Fire Department have access to non-drinking water if citizens are in need.
The urge people to dial 211 for reporting damage and requesting assistance with debris clean up.