Berlin Prepares for Rising Waters
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While people north of Green Bay are dealing with snow, those to the south are dealing with flooding. The rain, sleet and snow these last few days have the Fox River in Berlin at flood stage and now people throughout the town are getting ready for what may come.
The Fox River is starting to spill over its banks and the National Weather Service is issuing a river flood warning but people who live next to the river say there's nothing to worry about just yet.
"Some years we had floods so high that we would have the fish come from the river right up to our house and that's just the way it is," said Dan Beulen. He's been living in a house next to the Fox River in Berlin for the past sixteen years and he says his yard is always flooded in the spring.
Although the Fox River is beginning to crest people say this is nothing compared to previous years, but at just 13 feet of water park benches, linig the river, are already almost entirely under water.
"It has to go another foot before it gets to a point where we start looking and it will affect a couple houses and stuff," said Gary Podoll, the emergency management director for Green Lake County.
Podoll says at 14 feet they start to worry about the water, but since Berlin is a narrow spot along the Fox River, flooding is normal in the spring. Although if the water rises another couple of feet they are ready.
"We have code red where we can notify all the residents along the river via phone, cellphone or regular phone, to our sheriff's department dispatch," said Podoll.
Podoll also said there are sand bags on stand by, just in case the water levels rise too high