Fox River crests, flooding problems persist
Posted July 13
Milwaukee, Wisconsin — The worst appears to be over for Wisconsin residents along the Fox River, but flooding concerns will continue Thursday.
The latest observations in Burlington via the National Weather Service shows the river went from 16.15 feet to 16.09 feet Thursday morning.
On Wednesday night, Burlington Police Chief Mark Anderson and Racine County officials recommended that residents along the Fox River, particularly in Burlington, evacuate before the river crests.
Anderson held a news conference Thursday morning and urged resident not to use water in their home, including taking showers. The water is not believed to be unsafe, but officials would like to give the system a break.
"Be very conscious if you're driving in the city of Burlington ... please be careful, do not approach any water. There are a lot of areas in the city still flooding," Anderson said.
A curfew was issued for residents to stay in their homes and off the roads Wednesday night. He said if residents are on the roads to evacuate, "...we won't stand in your way."
"If they are able to evacuate, we encourage to them to evacuate," Anderson said.
As the water begins to move downstream, there will be flooding concerns in New Munster, Silver Lake, Wheatland and various locations in Kenosha County.
The Fox River was at 15.98 feet in New Munster Thursday morning and is forecast to crest at 17.5 feet.
The Wisconsin National Guard will be deployed Thursday to help with the emergency situation. Gov. Scott Walker is also expected to visit the area Thursday.
The four bridges that cross the Fox River in Burlington are closed.
"Nobody is safe on those bridges with the water that high," Anderson said.
Anderson stressed that the 911 system in Burlington is still operational even though there is 5 feet of water in the basement.