DULUTH, Minn. - Duluth, Minnesota has seen some staggering rainfall totals over the past 24 hours.
It makes the heavy rains that we dealt with in early May look like passing showers.
And Duluth's flooding isn't just a nuisance. It's doing serious damage and is a real threat to people's lives.
Duluth is going to have a long few weeks, perhaps even months as it recovers.
The torrential rains, 9 inches or more, turned parking lots into lakes, and streets into raging torrents.
"The last time Duluth had a big flood like this was 1972. In the '72 flood, it was the same situation. Duluth is vulnerable to high water because it's built on a hillside. So whatever starts at the top runs downhill and turns the avenues and streets all into rivers, washing down debris, pieces of the roadway," said Ken Buehler, KDAL Radio.
The flood waters washed out roads, flooded homes, and claimed several vehicles.
One 8-year-old boy survived being swept away by the rushing water for about six blocks.
And humans weren't the only ones impacted.
At the low-lying Lake Superior Zoo, Berlin, the zoo's polar bear, and two seals escaped their enclosures.
They were captured without incident.
However, other animals were trapped by floodwaters and drowned.
"We have the three birds; we have six sheep, four goats, and one donkey," said Peter Pruett, Lake Superior Zoo director of animal management.
Highways were closed. So was the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. And the city's mayor has declared a state of emergency encouraging residents to stay at home and out of the way of emergency crews.
Firefighters are battling a house fire in Kewaunee County.
Wind, snow, cold and ice played a role as firefighters battled a fire in downtown Ripon Wednesday morning.
Outagamie County's second largest employer is expanding, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
The State Building Commission has approved $5 million to help build the Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence in Marinette.
Fond du Lac police have released more information about the weapons they found in the apartment of a man who was at the center of a five-hour standoff on Monday.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is announcing a public meeting has been scheduled to provide road closure and design information for the Velp Avenue interchange area.