Pleasant Prairie mobile home evacuated due to floods

Posted at 7:33 PM, Jul 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-12 20:33:38-04

The Pleasant Prairie mobile home park at Highway K and I-94 had to be evacuated Wednesday morning after dangerous flooding swept through.

“It just came so fast, bam,” said resident Mark Debree.

More than a dozen residents had to pack up and leave around 8 a.m. with just a few valuables in hand.

“This guy’s totally under water, he’s done,” Debree said, pointing at one home.

Unfortunately for Debree, he was already at work. He got an urgent call from a neighbor.

“Hurry up, get back get back, things are floating away,” he said.

Now, every mobile home in the low-lying area is several feet underwater and many are totaled. 

Debree said he couldn’t make it back in time to get his van. There’s no doubt his trailer floor is covered in flood water. 

“It’s devastating, I’ve never seen it this far and when it comes to water, it does a lot of damage,” he said.

Across Kenosha County, Sheriff David Beth said flooding eventually hits just about every major road, aside from the interstate. The quick-moving current has left several drivers stranded.

“Fire and rescue had two rescue situations where they had to go into two different situations and rescue people off the hoods and roofs of their cars that were flooded in high water,” Beth said.

Kenosha County declared a State of Emergency Wednesday morning after crews responded to more than 100 calls for assistance. The biggest concern moving through the night is the rising flood levels along the Fox River. A flood warning is in effect for the night. The Fox River is expected to crest at 17 feet in New Munster, 6 feet above flood level.

Back at the Pleasant Prairie mobile home park, Debree is thankful his neighbors are there to help.

“It’s supposed to rain some more tonight, we don’t know what’s going to happen,” Debree said.

Kenosha County residents in need of sand can fill their sandbags for free at the Wilmot County Gravel Pit,  located at 32303 116th St. Wilmot, Wisconsin.