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Nearly 1,100 without power in Fond du Lac

Posted at 9:49 PM, Mar 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-15 12:40:33-04

FOND DU LAC — Water is receding in Fond du Lac, but the biggest issue now is 1,100 customers are without power.

Alliant Energy is working to restore electricity to homes, apartments and businesses Friday.

There were about 200 evacuations Thursday, and some rescues are ongoing. Many basements in the area are flooded.

Ice jams have been removed, but the current remains strong.

Nightfall in Fond du Lac on Thursday brought more than 80 people to shelters, according to the Red Cross. Many of the residents had been evacuated from their homes and apartments throughout the day and evening.

Near Hickory and Sibley, a block from where the Fond Du Lac River was overflowing its banks, David Lepinsky watched as the water level rose, but he didn’t leave.

“I don’t think it will make it this far hopefully,” said Lepinsky.

Just around the corner and a bit closer to the rising river, Jackie Lehman wasn’t going to take any chances and had loaded up her car to leave.

“This road here has progressively gotten worse and I want to get out before I can’t get out myself,” she said.

The Red Cross said nearly 100 people were in their two shelters in Fond Du Lac as of 8:30 p.m. Thursday night, and they had room for more depending on conditions.

There are four shelters in the area:

* Fond du Lac - Community Church, N6717 Streblow Dr.
* Fond du Lac - Harbor Haven, 459 E. 1st St.
* Lodi: Lodi Elementary School, 101 School St.
* Arcadia - Holy Family Catholic Church, 223 Maple St.

The Red Cross says the shelters will stay open as they are needed.