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Kenosha flooded after heavy rain

Posted: 6:24 PM, Sep 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-13 19:24:29-04

KENOSHA, Wis — Heavy rain over the past few days left parts of Kenosha underwater.

More than eight inches of rain has the Pike River swelling past its banks creating a troubling sight for Kathy Houtsinger at Petrifying Springs Park.

“I’ve been coming here since my children were little, for the last 65 years and it’s never flooded like this before,” Houtsinger said.

Floodwater overflows into fields, the golf course, a playground and parking lots, leaving the popular park open to pedestrians but not drivers.

“We’ve seen flooding before but only on the river on one of those bridges, but (the water) never came up to the parking lot,” said Bob Bjorklund of Kenosha.

Kenosha flooding also caused traffic issues on Friday. Highway H between S and L remain closed in rural Kenosha with water flowing over the roadway.

“We got so much rain so fast. That’s what did it,” said Houtsinger.

Several holes at Kenosha Country Club are also under water. A member told TODAY’S TMJ4 he hasn’t seen worse flooding on the course in decades.

Photographer Glen Larson went to Petrifying Springs Park to capture the aftermath. As a longtime resident of the area, he knows this much flooding isn’t normal for this time of year.

“Usually something like this occurs in the spring when you have the spring rains and the frozen ground that doesn’t hold the water,” Larson said. “It’s somewhat unusual that it gets to be this point in the fall. It’s not unheard of, but it is unusual.”

Park officials said the water is already receding.