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Flooding impacts roads in Northeast Wisconsin

Flooding on S Broadway in Green Bay. May 18, 2020 (WBAY Photo)
Flooding on S Broadway in Green Bay. May 18, 2020 (WBAY Photo)(WBAY)
Published: May. 18, 2020 at 5:26 AM CDT
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Heavy rain and strong northwest winds are causing street flooding in the Green Bay area.

"Our Place" Family Restaurant on South Broadway had more than a foot of water in the dining room.

"We didn't expect this," said Owner Joe Aerts, "At about quarter after five this morning a friend called me and said the street is flooded the restaurant is flooded. So, I got here about quarter to six, and this is the worst flooding we've ever had here."

The road was underwater for most of the morning on Monday.

City crews were on either side of the restaurant with electric pumps trying to alleviate the nearby lift stations.

"There's really not a lot of active mitigation efforts because what we have is the Bay back-flowing into rivers, the rivers back flow into storm sewers and the storm sewers would go back into the street," said Steve Grenier, Director of Public Works.

Grenier says crews worked most of the day to make sure infrastructure in low-lying areas kept working properly.

"We've been investing several million of dollars in infrastructure to update, upgrade and enhance some of the storm water lift stations; especially those we've got under construction down in the Broadway area," said Grenier.

for the First Alert Forecast.

"Even though flooding is receding across the area, you could still run into high water in low-lying spots and along the lakeshore. After two days of soaking rain, with totals as high as 7" along the lakeshore, we're finally going to see the rain diminish. It's still going to be windy though, but not quite as gusty as yesterday. Under mostly cloudy skies, highs will vary from the mid 50s to the low 60s.," says First Alert Chief Meteorologist Steve Beylon.

to track road closures in Brown County.

The City of Oconto is asking drivers to avoid Harbor Rd, Spies Rd, Yacht Club Rd, Water Street, County Y and any other road that is covered in water. The city says those roads are impassible in some places.

PLEASE for your safety and the safety of others, stay off of Harbor Rd, Spies Rd, Yacht Club Rd, Water Street, County Y...

Posted by City of Oconto, WI on Monday, May 18, 2020

In Door County, the Sheriff's Office urged people to watch for high water and tree branches on the roads.

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