Wisconsin Rapids Mayor issues disaster declaration

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAW) - Wisconsin Rapids Mayor Zach Vruwink has issued a disaster declaration due to the extensive power outages and damage.

The ATC electric transmission line, serving the majority of the City's east side, is out of service. A press release from the Mayor's office says crews are working to restore power to the substation, and then will shift their attention to power lines.

Earlier today, Vruwink said the city's Emergency Operations Center has been opened to deal with the aftermath of this morning's storm.

Vruwink says their crews are responding to calls about natural gas, power and street access first.

They have requested mutual aid to address the power outages, and are seeking extra generators and crews.

Scores of trees and power lines are down all across the city, and many homes have property damage where trees have fallen on the building.

The Wisconsin Rapids Water Works & Lighting Commission says they have restored power to some high priority areas like the hospital and 911 dispatch, but warn that some residents could be without power for a few days.