Spring 2019 Flood Information
Emergency Management Manager, Natasha Cardinal asks residence to report damages caused by the recent rapid thawing of snow to United Way 2-1-1.
Report damages on the Disaster/Severe Weather Resources page from the United Way Wisconsin website:
It’s spring in Wisconsin and that means the potential for flooding. Spring rain and the snowmelt over the next few days and weeks will likely lead to localized flooding in low lying areas and areas adjacent to rivers. Broken chunks of ice on these rivers can jam up and restrict water flow, which can lead to flooding in a matter of hours as the river backs-up and spills over its banks. It is fairly unpredictable, but usually occurs near curves or bends in the river. Watch the forecast for extended periods of warm-up and watch the waters and roads near where you live or travel. Remember, most flood fatalities occur in vehicles; NEVER drive through flood waters.
Emergency Management Manager Natasha Cardinal has been in contact with local municipalities and state officials sharing information and determining the best way to disperse information to everyone who may need flooding support.
Update: Governor Tony Evers has declared a state wide state of emergency. The Emergency Declaration activates state emergency response plans and mutual aid agreements between local, state and federal agencies. The signing of the declaration of emergency triggers certain programs to be activated on a state level. The signing enables state officials to take extra measures to protect the public, seek federal funding aid for response if warranted, trigger anti-price gouging laws.
1. Snow melt and rainfall has created standing water in several low lying areas, streets & roadways, and significant rises in stem rivers. Please help by clearing snow and ice from storm drains and monitor forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings.
2. Know your Flood Risk! There is typically a 30-day wait period between the time you purchase a flood insurance policy and it becomes effective. If you do not live in a floodplain, or have not had flood issues before, you can still purchase flood insurance.
3. Make improvements to protect your property. Remove as much snow and icicles off of roofs and eaves as possible, clean gutters, elevate/relocate appliances and items stored in your basement, purchase a sump-pump, and place sandbags or other water barriers around egress window wells and patio doors.
4. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Do not drive or walk through flooded areas. Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock over an adult, while 12 inches can carry away a small car. Even if the water is not moving, floodwater can conceal damage to pavement or other hazards that may be lurking beneath the surface. If you encounter floodwaters find a different route!
Messages from the Highway Commissioner
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Good morning. I apologize for the significant amount of emails the past couple of weeks. We wanted to provide a quick update this AM regarding the highway situation. We still have a number of local roads that are closed due to water over the road. At this point, some of these roads are in low lying areas and will remain closed until the water recedes.
We will have crews today trying to address water over the highways where we can. These include areas that seem to be flooded due to frozen or plugged culverts. I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone in St. Croix, while we have received hundreds of calls this week requesting help, everyone has illustrated understanding and patience as we move from area to area to try and keep our facilities open.
We will continue to monitor our highways as we have seen changing conditions as waterways open and new areas of highway flooding occur. Again, thank you for your patience, and we hope with the change in weather conditions reduces the volume of water moving through the County.
Please drive safe in and around the water on the highways. With the water receding in areas we have found damage to our highways. If you can, please use alternate routes around the water.
Friday, March 15, 2019
Goodmorning: We wanted to provide an update from yesterday. We are still movingaround the county trying to alleviate some of the highway flooding that hasbeen occurring. In addition, we are trying to deal with the snow and ice thatcame last night. We are hoping that some of the water will subside today withthe weather that is moving in and predicted cooler temperatures.
Thursday, March 14, 2019
I wanted to send out an update on the current flooding situation throughout St. Croix County. With the amount of rainfall and rapid melt of significant amounts of snow we are experiencing significant flooding, and water over the road in just about every section of the County. We have a number of highways with water flowing across from either frozen waterways, frozen culverts, obstructed flow paths, and simply too much water. We are doing are best to respond to each and every call as well as put signage warning drivers of dangers ahead. At this point we are out of advisory signs and will be placing barricades on the shoulders of the highway where we are having water concerns/issues.
This is a widespread issue, and we have all operators and resources working diligently to relieve some of these issues. Please be cautious and drive slowly, the fog is also making dangerous conditions for our employees as visibility is significantly impacted throughout the County.
-Robbie Krejci, St. Croix County Highway Commissioner
Outside Electrical equipment partially submerged. St. Croix Electric Cooperative offers this advice: Call your power provider. If there areno issues with power there is no reason to be alarmed. Look at thereasons for the backup of water, clear your culverts and allow the water torecede on your property which will resolve the issue. Try to stay as faraway from the transformer as possible until the waterline is at the bottom ofthe transformer. If you notice issues with your electric service, hearstrange noises or arcing or see any other issues with the equipment, call yourpower provider to report the issue. Stay safe.
As many of us prepare for the potential spring flooding, WEM has coordinated a request for sandbag process. Below is the requested process beginning this week.
Cost: $0.147 per bag.
Storage Locations: 50,000 at Green Lake, 100,000 at Sussex, 350,000 at Volk
- Every Thursday by 12:00 PM your County EM will email the WEM Duty Officer (DO) at DMAWEMDutyOfficer@Wisconsin.gov with the following information.
- How many bags?
- When would you like to pick-up?
- At what location would you like to pick-up?
- Following the 12:00 PM deadline, the DO will compile all the requests.
- The compiled list will be internally reviewed by WEM Fiscal to monitor and maintain inventory supplies.
- DO will coordinate pick-up dates & times with the requestors. Unless otherwise arranged, pick-up will occur the week after the request is made.
- At time of pick-up, the county/tribe will sign a receipt form for the purpose of billing.
- Invoices for the purchased sandbags will be mailed out by WEM fiscal.
Emergency requests should be called in and will be expedited accordingly. Also, is not intended to supersede local contracts or agreements; rather, it’s an alternate resource if needed.
Page 9 of the below handbook shows the calculation steps in figuring out the number of sandbags needed. Army Corps of Engineer Flood Kit
Follow this link for the Wisconsin DNR Proper sandbag disposal