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Weather Could Cause Street Flooding


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Weather Could Cause Street Flooding

By Paul Evansen. CREATED Feb 16, 2014

 Brown County--  The perfect combination of elements, heavy snow, then above freezing temperatures - add some possible rain fall and you've got the right ingredients for flooded streets.  In a winter where it seems we've already seen it all, heavy snow accumulations have resulted in numerous high snow piles throughout the area.  With predictions of a several day warm up, which may include rainfall, street drains could have a hard time keeping up with the pace of melting snow and ice.  Many of those drains have been difficult for road crews to keep clear because of large amounts of lingering snow.  "When it warms up and we see some rain like they're saying, people need to be aware of standing water" said Lt. Ken Fritsch with the Appleton Police Department.  "They need to take their time and not drive too fast through standing water which can easily make you lose control" says Fritsch.  It only takes six inches of water to reach the bottom of most passenger cars and one foot of water is enough to float most vehicles.  The best way for homeowners and business owners to help ease any possible street problems to make sure any drains on their property are clear of debris and snow.