Flooding prompts evacuations along Fond du Lac

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FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) A fire official says workers have helped as many as 300 people evacuate from their homes because of ice-jam flooding along the Fond du Lac River in eastern Wisconsin.

Fond du Lac Fire Division Chief Troy Haase says firefighters have been to 15 homes and three separate apartment buildings to help people evacuate Thursday as water swamps local roads and basements.

A utility company is shutting off gas and electricity to flooded homes. The American Red Cross is setting up a shelter to help those forced from their homes.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning or flood watch for about two-thirds of the state. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports nearly 20 state highways in the state are closed because the rapid snow melt in southern Wisconsin is causing flooding.

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