MILWAUKEE — The Latest on storms and flooding in Wisconsin and Minnesota (all times local):

2:35 p.m.

Gov. Scott Walker is declaring a statewide emergency as Wisconsin struggles with widespread flooding.

The governor issued the declaration Wednesday afternoon. He had declared a state of emergency in seven counties over the last week.

The declaration calls for all state agencies to assist in responding to the floods and allows Adjutant General Don Dunbar to call any elements of the Wisconsin National Guard to active duty to assist local authorities.

The declaration is also the first step toward seeking federal assistance.


This item has been updated to correct the number of counties where Walker had declared a state of emergency to seven, not 20.


2:05 p.m.

Flooding is forcing Wisconsin officials to close a host of state outdoor facilities.

The state Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday that the agency has closed Wildcat Mountain State Park in Vernon County and 50 percent of the Long Lake Campground in the Kettle Moraine State Forest in Fond du Lac County. Campers who had reservations for the Labor Day weekend will get full refunds.

The DNR also has closed all or portions of the 400, Badger, Elroy-Sparta and Military Ridge state trails.

The boat launch, beaches and some day-use areas at Governor Nelson State Park also have been closed.


12:40 p.m.

A firefighter who saved a Wisconsin boy from drowning during flash flooding says he was just in the right place at the right time.

An 11-year-old boy was playing with his friends in a flooded drainage ditch in the Village of Harrison in eastern Wisconsin on Tuesday evening when he was sucked into a culvert.

Firefighters responded. Deputy Fire Chief Wesley Pompa was one of the firefighters looking for spots where the water would flow out of the culvert. He saw the boy's fingers sticking out of a manhole and pulled the boy to safety. He says he never got the boy's name.

Pompa says he was just doing what he had to do and he's glad the boy survived.


7:22 a.m.

Sheriff's officials say an 11-year-old boy was rescued after disappearing in a flooded drainage ditch in eastern Wisconsin. Another round of storms with damaging winds and driving rain flooded communities in Wisconsin and southeast Minnesota Tuesday.

The Calumet County Sheriff's Office says the severe storms had passed by about 6 p.m. Tuesday when the boy was playing with friends in the drainage ditch where an adjacent road was flooded.

WBAY-TV reports the boy went under water and didn't surface. The Calumet County dive team, sheriff's deputies and others searched the ditch and storm sewer. The boy was pulled to safety after a firefighter saw the boy's finger poking through a manhole cover 30 feet away. The child was taken to the hospital, but authorities say he was alert and conscious after his ordeal.


6:57 a.m.

Possible tornadoes uprooted trees, stranded train travelers, leveled a barn and snapped power lines in Wisconsin.

Storms with powerful winds and driving rain caused extensive damage since Tuesday. The National Weather Service says a number of tornado sightings were reported in Campbellsport, Lomira, Oakfield and Brandon.

The deluge of rain caused flooding throughout Wisconsin. About 400 Amtrak passengers were stranded for hours because of flooding over the train tracks in southern Wisconsin. One Amtrak train was stalled near Portage and another near Tomah.

Some 12,000 We Energies customers were still without power Wednesday morning as utility crews worked overtime to restore service.

In western Wisconsin, 5 to 11 inches of rain has fallen in La Crosse, Vernon and Monroe counties causing people in several communities to evacuate to higher ground.