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Rising floodwaters déjà vu for Thiensville residents

Posted at 7:14 AM, Sep 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-04 08:14:11-04

With high water and sandbags at the ready, it's déjà vu for some people and businesses in Thiensville along the Milwaukee River.

"It was definitely extremely high, the river was at the same level as our patio," said Sarah Friberg, a manager at Fiddleheads. 

On August 29th the store was putting out sandbags. The coffee shop never got water inside but it was surrounded by it. 

It's the same situation right now for the Hartmann family. The land around their home in Mequon is saturated. They missed getting water inside last time, but David Hartmann wonders if he will be lucky a second time.

"It ended up getting a pretty large body of water and then it shrank back down. Just with these last couple of days it's not going anywhere so it's just getting bigger and bigger," said Hartmann.

The growing river is causing people to get out of their cars and walk around Village Park in Thiensviile. The park had to shut down one of its parking lots because part of it is underwater. People looking at the waters say it is hard to see where the dam should actually be in the park.

"The dam last time I saw it was not a dam. It was just the river and the dam were one," said Sue Partel of Thiensville.

Partel said her biggest concern is the thought of more rain this week.

"There's a lot of people impacted and we just want everybody to be ok," said Partel.