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Winter rains leads to street flooding in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood

Colder grounds make soaking up the water difficult
Posted at 1:43 PM, Feb 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-20 14:44:42-05

MILWAUKEE -- February rains overnight left several streets flooded in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood.

"I basically had to swim to my car and that wasn't fun," Olivia Faleta said. "These cars keep going really fast and there are huge puddles and it's going to splash on my face. I had to get in on the other side so I didn't get wet."

Because of the colder grounds the water had no where to soak into so the water began to fill some intersections and shoulders in Riverwest. At Holton and Locust, the intersection had at least 4 inches of water as cars sprayed it nearly 10 feet high as they zoomed past. 

However, it can be risky. 

"If you can't see through the puddle, you don't know what's underneath it," Brennon Manske, mechanic with Lindems Auto Repair said. "It could be a pothole or the road could be washing away or something like that."

Manske says even a little water could hurt your engine and whatever is underneath the water could impact your brakes, tires or suspension. 

It's something that could hurt your pocket in the long run. 

"It's hit or miss because you never know what's underneath it," Manske said. "It could be manhole that's gone and you could fall in and get stuck and you'd be in real trouble. It could cost anywhere from a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars to needing a new car basically."

Milwaukee Department of Public Works had the intersection cleared by 8:30 a.m. and continued to clear other areas throughout the morning.