Roads shut down, damaged by flooding


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Roads shut down, damaged by flooding

By Deandra Corinthios. CREATED May 13, 2014

WRIGHTSTOWN, WI --Many roads in northeast Wisconsin are damaged by flooding after heavy rain this week. Emergency management leaders say they're monitoring river levels closely.

Emergency management leaders in Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago counties say they are prepared to sandbag if be. They're dealing with high river levels and flash floods.

As the flood waters recede, the damage is evident. A big gash is visible on County Road ZZ in Wrightstown, near the Fox river, leaving the road crumbling. It's one of several roads closed in Brown County, and it's the reason why emergency management leaders say "turn around, don't drown" during the spring flooding season.

"That road may actually wash away and you wouldn't know it because the water is flowing through," said Paul Gazdik, the emergency management director for Brown County.

The East River is out of its banks, and the Fox is rising. Brown County leaders are prepared for more flooding.

"Making sure municipalities have the necessary sandbags, if we have homes that are affected," said Gazdik.

In Outagamie County, Monday's flash flooding in Grand Chute is not an issue anymore. No reports of damaged roads there.

Winnebago County is seeing minor flooding. Emergency management is watching the Wolf and Fox rivers closely, but no concern yet.

"Our ditches were full, we had very minor flooding, the river levels are looking good," said Linda Kollmann, emergency management director for Winnebago County.

Hoping levels stay low, with more rain in the forecast.