SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN- With heavy flooding occurring in southeast Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency for three counties. Racine, Kenosha, and Walworth counties were all hit with severe rain on Wednesday, and have been included in the state of emergency. With bridges shut down, roads underwater, and with basements flooded, the damage is widespread. The Wisconsin National Guard has been working to help victims of the flooding, and has been placed on active duty status in case local authorities need further assistance.

Bill Novak at theĀ Wisconsin State Journal reports:

A state of emergency has been declared by Gov. Scott Walker in three southeast Wisconsin counties hit hard by torrential rains that has caused massive flooding.

Racine, Kenosha and Walworth counties are included in the declaration, with some parts of the region getting up to eight inches of rain on Wednesday.

No damage estimates have been made, but numerous roads were under water, while homeowners and business owners were bailing flood water out of basements.

Walker went to the region Thursday morning to look at the damage, especially around Burlington in Racine County, where one storm spotter recorded over eight inches of rain.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the flooding,” Walker said in announcing the state of emergency.

“I have instructed state agencies and the Wisconsin National Guard to help those affected by the flooding, and to continue to provide resources to assist with the response and recovery efforts,” he said.

Read more at theĀ Wisconsin State Journal.