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Mayor Jim Schmitt has declared a state of emergency under Wis. Stat § 323.14 due to the East River flooding which began on March 15, 2019. Affected areas are bounded by the river, Cass St., John St., and Kimball and E to John St., and Eliza St. East of Goodell St., South along Suydam St. to Emilie St. See below for a map of the general area.
These areas are currently closed and will remain closed until further notice. For your own safety, do not enter any closed area or locations where there is standing water. Electricity is still flowing to these areas, and all water is presumed to be electrically charged. These areas cannot be de-energized without affecting homes outside of the flood area.
In addition, Mason Street Bridge will remain closed until further notice. Once the water recedes, a structural inspection of the bridge will be required before we can reopen to traffic.
National weather service is forecasting that the river will crest later today. However, it is unknown when the water will recede. All City agencies are monitoring the situation and the Red Cross is on scene and is providing assistance to affected residents. Updates will be provided as further information is available.
Residents in the Emergency Declaration Area can call the City Inspections Division at (920) 448-3300 to schedule an inspection of their property after the flood water has receded. The area is currently unsafe for anyone to enter, and no inspections will be conducted until the area is safe for entry.
As we continue to experience flooding in the area, we remind our community to be safe when dealing with water in your home. Be sure to stay safe by following all of these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Federal Emergency Management Agency:
1. If you are evacuated, try to return to your home during the daytime so that you do not have to use any lights. Use battery-powered flashlights and lanterns, rather than candles, gas lanterns, or torches.
2. Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do NOT touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water.
3. If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock. If you must enter standing water to access the main power switch, STOP and call an electrician to turn it off. NEVER enter standing water to access the main power switch, turn power on or off, or use an electric tool or appliance while standing in water.
4. Have an electrician check the house’s electrical system before turning the power on again.
5. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, leave your house immediately then call 9-1-1. Do not return until you are told it is safe to do so.
6. If the house has been closed up for several days, enter briefly to open doors and windows to let the house air out for at least 30 minutes before you stay for any length of time.
7. If your home has been flooded and has been closed up for several days, assume your home has mold.
8. If your home has been flooded, it also may be contaminated with sewage.
If your electrical and plumbing components, structural integrity, and/or HVAC (furnace) are compromised, your house is not fit to live in. Do not stay in the home if any of these systems are not functioning properly. Call 9-1-1 if you require immediate assistance.