- Associated Press - Friday, September 5, 2014

SISTER BAY, Wis. (AP) - Utility crews worked to restore power Friday to thousands of customers in some top vacation spots in Wisconsin, where strong storms also caused flash flooding.

Wisconsin Public Service Corp. said nearly 50,000 customers were without electricity at one point after storms and high wind toppled trees, utility poles and power lines Thursday and Friday. About 17,500 customers remained without service at noon Friday, the utility said.

Rainfall ranged from 3 to 5 inches over much of northern Wisconsin, the National Weather Service said, further hampering the work of electric crews. Residents and vacationers in Minocqua, Crivitz, Lakewood and Rhinelander were left without electricity.

Flash flooding in the northeastern Wisconsin’s Door County peninsula left some roads under water and impassable early Friday.

Historical documents at the Ephraim Historical Foundation in Door County were saved when an alarm alerted a security company to the flood water. Foundation staff and volunteers sprang into action as 8 inches of water filled the foundation, according to the Door County Advocate.

Candice Finell, co-owner of DC Deli in Baileys Harbor, said about a foot of water filled her basement. Her biggest worry was that the water would damage the furnace.

“(I’m) worried it will be shot,” she said.

Power went out at the Finells’ home, who live above the deli, shortly before Thursday’s Green Bay Packers game. They ran an extension cord from the deli’s generator to their neighbors’ TV so they wouldn’t miss the game.

The storms also caused significant damage across the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Forest Service personnel cleared trees, branches and debris from roadways, trails, campgrounds and picnic areas.

Sailor Lake, Black Lake and Moose Lake campgrounds were closed in the forest due to damage. A number of trails and roads were also closed until debris could be cleared.

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