Dam breaks, flash flooding occurring near Minnesota-Wisconsin border

The dam along the Tamarack River is expected to break.
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UPDATE 3:30 P.M. 

The dam along the Tamarack River has likely broken and flooding is occurring, according to the National Weather Service. 

Original story

A dam break is expected to happen anytime now and cause flash flooding in east-central Pine County in Minnesota, southwestern Douglas County and north-central Burnett County in northwest Wisconsin. 

At 12:36 p.m., local law enforcement reported that the Radigan Flowage Dam west of Dairyland, Wisconsin was likely to fail soon and cause flash flooding downstream on the Tamarack River, with the excess water flowing towards the St. Croix River. 

Related: Video, photos show astonishing river surges south, southeast of Duluth

Locations impacted: 

  • Town Rd. T west of Dairyland
  • Swedish Hwy. at the Tamarack River
  • Hwy. T west of Cozy Corner
  • Markville Rd. east of Markville

The red arrow in the map below points to the location of the dam that's expected to break. 

Screen Shot 2018-06-18 at 1.15.04 PM

Pine County authorities have stationed the Duxbury Fire Department and other officers in the area and they are prepared to alert residents to take action if needed. 

Some roads in Pine County are already under water, including: 

  • Rutabaga Rd. east of Tamarack River Rd. (Co. Rds. 32 and 24)
  • Duxbury Rd. (Co. Rd. 141) 
  • Grace Lake Rd. (Co Rd. 173) north of Highway 48
  • Markville Rd. east of Tamarack River Rd. (Co. Rd. 25/Co. Rd. 24)
  • Willow Hay Rd. and Shadow Oak Rd. in Kerrick Township

Anywhere from 6-15 inches of rain fell Friday night through Monday morning in portions of east-central Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin, with Drummond, Wisconsin leading the way with a report of 15.04 inches. 

One person has died in the flooding in northwest Wisconsin. According to the Duluth News Tribune, a 75-year-old man's body was found 60 feet from his pickup truck, which was in 6-8 feet of water near Ashland.

Here are more photos of incredible river surging at Amnicon Falls State Park in Douglas County, Wisconsin. 

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