Flood Warning in effect for Racine, Kenosha Counties

Posted at 7:01 AM, Mar 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-31 19:34:19-04

Several days of spring showers have left parts of southeastern Wisconsin under water, and flood warnings are in effect for Racine and Kenosha Counties.

Racine's flood warning runs until just after 6:00 a.m. Saturday, while Kenosha's extends until next Tuesday early morning at 1:00 a.m.

The Fox River continued to slowly rise over its banks throughout Friday. Three to five inches of rain in just eight days had high water creeping up to dozens of homes in Wheatland.

“It gets pretty bad,” said resident Ashley Rupp. “People get their hoses out and pump the water back in the river.”

Rene Janczak’s peaked out the front door Friday morning to a scene all too familiar.

“It looks like a lake,” she said.

Her yard often floods given its close proximity to the lake, however, this is the worst she’s seen in a couple years. Most of the ground is saturated and many fields look like swamps. Janczak is hoping for a dry weekend, despite showers in the forecast.

“If we keep getting rain, I hate to think what could happen,” she said.

The National Weather Service shows high water along the Fox River continued to climb above the flood stage of 11 feet Friday afternoon. It’s expected to continue to rise another half foot through Saturday morning.

Raymond is seeing similar results after four inches of rain over the past eight days. The Root River Canal was above flood stage Friday leaving several low lying properties and farmland under water.

The Racine County Department of Public Works had crews out monitoring the roads and clearing debris out of ditches.

Some families who live in these areas said they’ve stocked up on essentials in case it gets any worse.

“They have their sandbags and yeah, they know what they’re doing,” Rupp said.

Homeowners in Wheatland do not believe they will have to evacuate over the weekend.

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