Heavy rains brought significant flooding to portions of the Midwest over the weekend, especially across northern Minnesota and Wisconsin as well as in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The worst of the scenes have come from Houghton, Michigan, where 6.24 inches of rain was measured at the airport, while other locations in the town received up to 8 inches in just a 24 hour time span.
Numerous roads are being reported to have been washed out due to the rapid flow of flood waters that has moved through parts of the town. This has led to the declaration by Michigan’s governor of a State of Emergency, as of Monday. Below is a gallery illustrating the complete destruction these weekend rains and thunderstorms brought to the town.
Parts of northern Wisconsin also experienced some flooding over the weekend. At the Nemadji River, water levels quickly rose from 8.8 feet to a record 29 feet and eventually to 31.09 feet following an intense rainfall.
The rise of the Nemadji River in northern Wisconsin from 8.8 to a record 29 feet pic.twitter.com/GT5QuoY6YV
— Greg Diamond (@gdimeweather) June 18, 2018
Issues arose in northern Minnesota as well. The Minnesota Department of Transportation reports that Highway 23, located several miles south of Jay Cooke State Park, is closed because the road has become washed out. It is unknown when this road will reopen, but it seems like it will take months to repair based on the significant damage in the below photos.
Nearby in Two Harbors, Minnesota, flood waters from a nearby river created a “new lake,” based on the resident who captured the below photo.