Milwaukee cleans up after morning flooding

Jay Sorgi

Flooding outside Riverside High School Photo: Image by Butch Jorgenson

Milwaukee cleans up after morning flooding

CREATED Jun. 20, 2011

Click on the video links to see raw video of flooding in Milwaukee on Monday.

MILWAUKEE - Monday morning's heavy rain has caused flooding problems in the Milwaukee area.

Here's a list of regular updates as we get them.

5:00 p.m. The Department of Public Works’ Flood Control Center has provided the following update on the number of flood related incidents:  A total of 107 surface pondings (street flooding), 31 backwaters in basements, 7 manhole covers displaced and reset and 12 miscellaneous complaints have been reported as of 4:15 p.m.  The majority of the reports have been taken care of and crews will continue to work into the evening. Additional crews are also on stand-by.

1:06 p.m. The City of Milwaukee’s downtown and east side received 2.5 inches of rain from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.  The Dept. of Public Works says there have been 71 calls for street flooding, 21 backwater complaints and 7 calls for missing manhole covers.

12:01 p.m.
Melissa McCrady updated us: four feet of water remains inside Riverside High School.

11:57 a.m.
TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady and 620WTMJ's Dan O'Donnell both report lots of standing water in the area of Riverside High School.

Rain came down so hard that it clogged drains and flooded out the basement.

MPS shut off power, while DPS crews came in to try and clear drains out.

According to Melissa, people found areas like computer labs and storage facilities under water.

No one was allowed inside the flooded areas until crews could restore power.

11:25 a.m.
According to the Milwaukee Public Schools' Twitter account, rain water inside schools is forcing reorganization of summer programs at Cass, Pierce and Riverside school sites.

11:20 a.m.
From TODAY'S TMJ4 Road Warrior Traffic reporter Caitlin Morrall:
"Wow - took me nearly 35 minutes to get from TODAY'S TMJ4 to Whole Foods on North Ave. Had to re-route twice because of road closures from flooding."

11:07 a.m.
One person trying to deal with the flooding decided to try and deal with it as if it was snow.  Check out video of the results...or lack thereof.

10:56 a.m.
After water receeded on Oakland Avenue, lots of garbage was left behind.

Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Dan O'Donnell tells us that Milwaukee Police had to block off particular areas to help clean up the messes caused when uncollected garbage was swept up by the flooding.

10:49 a.m.
The woman who found her SUV in the flood near North Oakland and East Thomas Avenues spoke to TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady.

"It was terrifying.  I had a mini-panic attack.  Even if you can swim, being stuck in a care in the flood is very terrifying," said Khayyona Barnes.

"It was pretty high.  There was water flowing in the car.  In the middle of the street, it was terrible."

"There were smaller cars, little sedans, going through everything.  With my luck, it just got stuck.  There was nothing I could do.  I called my mom, crying."

10:29 a.m.
A Milwaukee County Sheriff's spokeswoman says all areas of the Milwaukee freeway system have been opened.

10:24 a.m.
A source told TODAY'S TMJ4's Diane Pathieu that six feet of water could be found inside Riverside HIgh School.

10:15 a.m.
Our news team and our Facebook and Twitter users are telling us about flooding at these locations:
- Standing water found inside the UWM Union
- North Oakland Avenue and East Kenwood Boulevard
- North Oakland and East North Avenues (where sewer grates and garbage cans were floating away)
- North Humboldt Avenue and East Hadley Street
- North Prospect Avenue and East Kenilworth
- North Maryland Avenue and East Locust Street
- Along Meineke Avenue on the east side

10:04 a.m.
A Milwaukee County Sheriff's spokeswoman said the five-car crash caused by flooding on U.S. 41 have brought on a shutdown of that part of the freeway.

There are also closures here:
- The ramp from Eastbound I-94 to Northbound I-43 in the Marquette Interchange (suggested alternate route is to take Southbound I-43, exit at National Avenue and use the on-ramp to Northbound I-43/94.
- The northbound I-43 off ramp to the Kilbourn Tunnel
- The on-ramp from 28th Street to Westbound I-94
- Southbound U.S. 41 at State Street
- Lincoln Memorial Drive because of flooding at Ravine Road
- The onramp from Jackson Street to Westbound I-794
- One lane of Northbound I-94 at Grange Avenue

9:55 a.m.
Here's an update from Storm Team 4Caster Brian Gotter:

"The heaviest rain is moving out of Milwaukee.  For the last hour or so, we had pretty heavy downpours.  Here at the station (720 East Capitol Drive), we picked up nearly an inch and a half of rain.  Nothing severe, no hail, no damaging winds, just these downpours of rain that we're going to see in the next couple of days."

He said the rain was moving out over the lake, but he warned of more storms and rain coming on Monday afternoon.

"The ground was pretty saturated from this morning, and it's not going to have any place to go, so it's probably creating some minor flooding over the region."

9:53 a.m.
A Milwaukee County Sheriff's spokeswoman said that flooding issues happened on the freeway system at these locations:
- Northbound I-43 off ramp to the Kilbourn Tunnel
- Westbound I-94 at 28th Street on one of the ramps
- Southbound U.S. 41 near State Street, where the Vliet Street on-ramp was closed
- An onramp to westbound I-794 near the Hoan Bridge

Five cars were involved in crashes because of standing water on southbound U.S. 41 at State and Wells Streets.

There was also ravine flooding that caused Lincoln Memorial Drive to close, and a sinkhole at Humboldt and Riverboat Roads, with surrounding road closures.

9:35 a.m.

Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Erik Bilstad saw two manhole covers popping on his drive into Radio City while traveling eastbound on Capitol Drive near Port Washington Road in Milwaukee.

9:30 a.m.

A witness described water over a car's wheels near the corner of North Oakland and East Thomas Avenue Monday morning.

Check back for more information on this breaking story as details come in to us.

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