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JANESVILLE — A portion of Janesville’s south side was closed to outside traffic overnight as first responders worked to help those affected by a tornado that swept through the city Saturday evening.


At approximately 8:00 p.m., Rock County Sheriff’s Office, Janesville Police Department, Janesville Fire Department, Beloit Police Department, Beloit Fire Department, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Rock County Communications Center, Rock County Emergency Management, and Rock County Department of Public Works responded to reports of severe weather damage on the southside of the City of Janesville and in the Town of Rock.

As units arrived in the area, they verified damage ranging from minor to significant and encountered debris closing roadways.

Damage to power infrastructure caused outages on the southside of the City of Janesville and in the Town of Rock.

No injuries have been reported.

First responders are currently on the scene, and the City has activated its Emergency Operations Center to mobilize additional resources.

The Salvation Army also is helping those whose homes were damaged by the tornado.

City officials will hold a news conference Sunday morning at 11 a.m. to provide the latest updates.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.