Suamico evacuates neighbors, rescue boats chase runaway dock during flooding

The dock from Fox Harbor Pub & Grill in downtown Green Bay broke free July 24 and was carried away in the Fox River (WBAY photo)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - UPDATED with details of evacuations in Suamico and the dock floating in the Fox River.

Heavy rain pushed by a northeast wind raised water levels on area rivers again.

Suamico Police ordered people living along Longtail Beach Lane to evacuate before the rising waters became too deep to escape. Brown County brought in its armored rescue vehicle to help police checking on people door-to-door.

Suamico police say conditions improved by 9:30 p.m., allowing everyone to return except the occupants of two homes.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Fox River in Green Bay. The weather service warns moderate flooding can be expected along the East River and Baird Creek. Winds from the northeast are preventing waterways from flowing normally into the Fox.

Green Bay Police issued a warning that the Fox River rose a foot above flood stage and overflowed the west bank in front of the Neville Public Museum.

A viewer says the boat docks at Fox Harbor Pub & Grill on South Washington St. broke free and sent photos of the dock floating down the Fox River in front of the Neville.

The Green Bay Fire Department and US Coast Guard both launched boats to intercept it. The dock hit the Walnut and Main street bridges and was was floating towards a tall ship moored for this week's Nicolet Bank Tall Ship festival. The rescue boats were able to redirect the dock before it hit the ship and managed to secure the dock to a sea wall just north of the East River. There was no damage to the bridges or the tall ship.

Police are reminding drivers to avoid driving on roads covered in water. Especially at dusk and in the dark it can be difficult to tell how deep the water really is. It can be difficult to control a car in less than six inches of water. A foot of water can make a car float.