Flooding closes city, causes mudslides in western Wisconsin

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Photo credit: Betty Baker 

Residents in western Wisconsin are dealing with mudslides and high water after rain caused significant flooding overnight Wednesday.

Rain caused the Turton River to overflow its banks, flooding neighborhoods in Arcadia, a town of approximately 3,000 people. Several hundred residents voluntarily evacuated their homes and businesses early Thursday, the Associated Press reported. The Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter at a nearby church for evacuees. 

The flooding closed many of the streets into Arcardia on Thursday morning. By the afternoon, several streets were still flooded and Main Street remained closed, according to the Arcadia Police Department. 

Ashley Furniture, which has is headquartered in Arcadia, is only running shifts for shipping and upholstery. All other employees are asked not to come to work. 

In nearby Buffalo County, numerous roads are impassable due to high water or mudslides. Mudslides were reported on Highway 95 near Fountain City.