Ozaukee County Flood Damage – Residents till cleaning up from massive flooding
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OZAUKEE COUNTY – As some areas of Ozaukee County are still cleaning up from the flood damage from two nights ago, meteorologists are predicting another rainstorm tonight will push the Milwaukee River to a record-high flood levels.
The Milwaukee River near Cedarburg was 11.8 feet deep as of noon Tuesday, Aug. 28. Flood stage for the river is 11 feet. The National Weather Service is warning that another 1 to 2 inches of rain tonight will raise the river to 14.5 feet.
Residents and businesses along the Milwaukee River are already preparing for the worst. With its cafe just feet from the river bank, Fiddleheads Coffee in Thiensville is surrounded by sandbags, and sump pumps are waiting at the ready.
Sandbags and sand are available at the Thiensville Public Works Department, 132 W. Freistadt Road, and at the Mequon Public Works Department, 10800 Industrial Drive.
Port Washington, meanwhile, is still cleaning up the damage incurred by a 9-inch rainstorm on Sunday, Aug. 26.
A massive tree stump clogged a nearby culvert, causing water to flow over the culvert and into the park, as well as the parking garage of the Lighthouse Condominiums across the street.
A road leading to the park, called Hales Trail, is closed in one section because a part of a culvert pipe got washed away.
The high flood waters also damaged a police squad on patrol. City Administrator Mark Grams said the squad is likely totaled. The vehicle was scheduled to be replaced next year, he said.