Storm hits with flooding rains, forcing evacuations

Lightning storm viewed from Sherwood (Photo: Rachelanne Hansen)
Lightning storm viewed from Sherwood (Photo: Rachelanne Hansen)(WBAY)
Published: Sep. 17, 2018 at 9:01 PM CDT
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The skies opened up Monday night with a torrential rainfall and the skies lit up with intense lightning bursts that forced evacuations of some buildings in Green Bay.

The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning as roads filled up with 4 to 5 inches of water. Like the storms just two and three weeks ago, sewer systems were again overwhelmed.

There are numerous reports of flooding in Green Bay on the east side, including Main and East Mason streets. Photos were shared on social media of flooding again on Main Street affecting stores, restaurants and a car dealership.

The Green Bay Metro Fire Department says about 92 people were evacuated from numerous apartments and homes, including 32 people evacuated from Bay Manor Apartments on Bader Street. Some were receiving assistance from the Red Cross and going to Celebration Church on Humboldt Road. At the time of this writing, the fire department wasn't sure how many people were staying at the church.

A Green Bay fire station, station #5 near East Town Mall, was also evacuated. Fire rigs were moved to operate from other sites.

Action 2 News reporters were with rescue crews near Newberry and Main streets, where rescuers are taking boats house-to-house to look for anybody trapped in flooded homes.

Drivers had to be rescued from cars stuck in water above their wheel wells. Police blocked off some roads that were impassable or too dangerous to try. Flooding on Abrams St. forced one of our reporters covering the storm to turn around.

At its peak, almost 10,000 WPS and We Energies customers had no power, including more than 5,000 homes and businesses in the Green Bay area -- about 5% of WPS customers there -- and more than 2,000 We Energies customers in Appleton and Little Chute.

Viewers sent WBAY videos of frequent lightning flashes creating a strobe-light effect in the skies over Green Bay and Oshkosh. Some reported they received no rain, only a light show.