Polk County Board Chairman Dean Johansen signed a Disaster Declaration for Polk County on On the morning of Saturday, July 20, to allow Polk County Emergency Management to seek disaster funding if recovery costs from the storm the night before exceed established thresholds.

At approximately 5:10 p.m. on Friday, Polk County had a strong storm enter the northwest corner of the county with winds reported to be in excess of 84 mph, accompanied by hail and heavy rain.

The storm continued across Polk County in a southeast direction, raking across Cushing, Frederic, Luck, Milltown, Centuria, Balsam Lake, Clayton and Turtle Lake.

"Our county sustained damage to buildings, power lines, property, and trees," the county said. "Flash flooding occurred. Presently there are approximately 6,925 residents of Polk County without power according to utility providers."

The Emergency Management Coordination for Polk County is being handled by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Emergency Management. Any questions regarding emergency management in Polk County or requests for assistance should be directed to Chief Deputy Chad Roberts, chad.roberts@co.polk.wi.us, or by calling the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center, 715.485.8300.

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