Flood ravaged areas brace for another round of heavy rain

Posted at 2:43 PM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-22 08:43:46-04

After dealing with the aftermath of a flood that affected thousands in Racine and Kenosha Counties, residents are bracing for a second round as storms get ready to move through the area.

Homes near the banks of the Fox River were damaged or destroyed as water flooded into houses and businesses.

The Fox River is expected to rise again with more rain forecasted for the area. In New Munster, the river is forecasted to crest at 15.7 feet, considered a major flood stage. In Burlington, one of the areas hit the hardest, the river is expected to reach 12.7 feet, considered a moderate flood stage.

Storm chances increase around 8 p.m. and the threat is expected to last into the early morning hours.

Emotions are still high in Burlington as the flood waters go down. Crews are still picking up the garbage and piles of trash dot driveways.

Damage estimates are still coming in from the torrential rain for homeowners and business that were shut down for days.

Thousands also had to live without power for days.

While not as severe, the Root River in Franklin is forecasted to hit 7-feet. It’s not a flood stage, but the levels are high enough to warrant action to prevent flooding.