Ashland County Flooding

Overnight from Monday, July 11 – Tuesday, July 12, 2016, Ashland County experienced heavy rain of 5 to 12 inches, which caused wide-spread flooding, road, and structure damage in the affected area.  This web page is a collection of information and resources about dealing with the impact of the rain and subsequent flooding.


Road Damage Maps

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Vista Rd, Marengo, WI July 2016 – Photo by Jonathan Berthel

Bayfield County Flood Page which has links for an interactive map of road damage from flooding in Bayfield and Ashland Counties.  Bayfield County updating it with additional information as it becomes available.



WI Emergency Operations Center – Incident Report 12 includes damage to homes and businesses, damage to public infrastructure (roads, bridges, trails, etc.) and county by county update, posted July 18, 2016.

Northern Wisconsin Flood Update from Wisconsin Ready – Governor Scott Walker declared a State of Emergency for eight counties: Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer and Washburn.

Motorists are advised to drive with caution on all area roads and are reminded not to drive through standing water. For up-to-date closures and detour information visit

Flood Recovery Information

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Highway 13, North York, July 2016 – photo by John Buvala / Air Fox Photography

Chequamegon Bay Flood Relief website created to find information and answers to frequently asked questions, and organize volunteers and needs listed on the Chequamegon Bay Flood Relief Volunteers Facebook page.


Information from NDSU Extension including Flood Recovery Checklists for your home or farmstead & Flooded Home and Water Damage Cleanup Tips


How Heavy Flooding Can Damage Drinking Water Quality – Northwest Wisconsin Deluge Should Put Well Owners on Alert for Contamination.

DNR Recommendations for Private Wells Inundated by Flooding


The U.S. Small Business Administration announced in August that certain Private NonProfit organizations (PNP)s in Wisconsin that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low-interest rate disaster loans. These loans are available following a Presidential disaster declaration for Public Assistance resulting from damages caused by severe storms and flooding on July 11 – 12, 2016 in the area. The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is Oct. 11, 2016.

Certified Laboratories in Ashland, Wisconsin that Perform Water Bacteria Tests for Private Well Owners

Ashland County Public Health
630 Sanborn, Ashland, WI 54806
(715) 682-7004 (Lab #480)
Ashland Wastewater Treatment Plant
1901 Knight, 2020 – 6th Street East, Ashland, WI 54806
(715) 682-7058 (Lab #064)


UWEX Wisconsin Horticulture article on Safely Using Produce from Flooded Gardens.