Dam On Wisconsin Lake Breaks Free, Floodwater Washes Away Homes

The destructive power of raging waters was on display Monday as a dam broke and washed away homes as if they were toys in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle has declared a state of emergency because of heavy flooding in the southern portion of the state.

More than 100 roads were closed as flooding cut out huge sections of asphalt with little effort.

In Sauk County, the Dell Creek Dam on Lake Delton broke free, flooding into the Wisconsin River and washing away three houses.

Residents were evacuated as overflowing spillways and collapsed dams across the region caused dangerous conditions for thousands of people.

Authorities said damages from the floods were expected to exceed $60 million.

Floodwater threatened dams across the Midwest, and military crews joined desperate sandbagging operations to hold back Indiana streams surging toward record levels. Stormy weekend weather was blamed for 10 deaths, most in the Midwest.