Fond du Lac flood evacuees describe fear, uncertainty

Ice jams on East Branch of the Fond du Lac River on March 14, 2019 (WBAY photo)
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FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY) - Dozens of people evacuated from flooding in downtown Fond du Lac are safe, but they have a lot of worries.

"I was scared. I just wanted to get out of that situation like for real," says Sharmaine Clayborn.

Sharmaine is happy her family is safe, but the condition of her home is weighing on her mind.

"This is a stressful situation," Clayborn tells Action 2 News.

Clayborn told us that she woke up Thursday morning to "streams of water."

"So I go outside and get to panicking because I see the water rising and I'm like what am I going to do," Clayborn says. "I have me and my kids. So I'm like just forget this. I just got in my car and just started driving."

The American Red Cross set up shelter first at the Rec Center at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds, and then at Community Church.

Sandy Vanden Hoogan says people in her apartment complex were ordered to evacuate. Sandy grabbed her pet cat and left.

"I left at 6:30 this morning and I drove through water about that deep," Vanden Hoogan says.

At least 75 people signed up for shelter at Community Church.

Many of the evacuees are worried about their homes.

"I have a lot of our family things. I have our genealogy, our old papers, the heirlooms and it's like right now I don't even have renters insurance yet. We were just gonna get it," says Amanda Frank.

Andre Walker says, "What's next? Do I have to buy another car or is this one going to be salvageable?"

The Red Cross says some evacuees chose to stay with family and friends. Others will stay at the emergency shelter.