SAXON, Wis. - Flash flooding has killed a well-known Wisconsin man.
According to the Iron County Sheriff's Office, 56-year-old Mitchell Koski, of Montreal, died as a result of flash flooding near Saxon Harbor around 9:30 p.m. Monday.
Koski served as an Iron County commissioner. Details surrounding his death have not yet been released as it remains under investigation.
Several roads in the area were blocked off by local authorities due to flooding. U.S. Highway 2 has been closed and re-routed. State Highways 169 and 122 along with County Highways A and B remain closed for repairs.
Koski appears to be the first death reported due to recent flash flooding in central Minnesota and western Wisconsin, where many flood warnings remain in affect.
Wisconsin State of Emergency
On Tuesday evening, Governor Scott Walker declared a State of Emergency in eight Wisconsin counties including Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer, and Washburn.
“I express my thanks and appreciation to all of the first responders and officials in the area who are working hard to manage the situation. I am instructing the Wisconsin National Guard and all state agencies to aide those affected by the storms,” Walker said.