March 14, 2019 04:51 PM
Emergency crews have evacuated people from buildings during flooding in eastern Wisconsin.
According to WBAY, crews evacuated people from about 15 buildings in Fond du Lac, which is south of Appleton and Lake Winnebago.
Ice jams are blocking the river's flow and crews are working to strategically remove the ice.
Evacuations have been happening along W. 9th Street and Western Avenue, WBAY reports.
Officials have also set up an evacuation shelter at the Fond du Lac Rec Center at the county fairgrounds. The American Red Cross says food and comfort will be available for people who need it. The organization is also reviewing more shelter options.
"What we're trying to do is we're trying to remove the ice so the water can flow better," says Fond du Lac Fire Department Division Chief Troy Haase. "The ice is up against the bridge and it can't flow through so it's backing the water up."
Haase said Thursday the area of Elm Street and South Street has 20 inches of water over the roads.
Alliant Energy has been going door-to-door to make sure gas and electric are shut off in affected homes.
Created: March 14, 2019 04:51 PM
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