Western Racine County Flooding At Historic Levels

Flooding
Flooding in Union Grove (Submitted photo)
Flooding around Fox Tree Circle in Burlington.
Flooding around Fox Tree Circle in Burlington. (Submitted photo)

Power was restored to some We Energies customers in Waterford by noon on Thursday, but much of the City of Burlington is still without power after being affected by the flooding from the Fox River.

According to We Energies, 3,448 City of Burlington, 1,216 Town of Burlington, 251 Rochester and 40 Waterford customers were without power as of 12:15 p.m.

Meanwhile, the eastern end of Racine County has fared better as it is not expected to reach the flood stage, according to a press release by the Racine Police Department.

Click here to read the press release: 17-17A Potential Flooding in Racine – UPDATE.

Western Racine County Flooding At Historic Levels

Most of the City of Burlington and Waterford have been impacted by the flooding. The Fox River crested early this morning, but was at 16.5 feet. This is the highest level ever recorded, but it is slowly starting to recede. according to a press release by Racine County.

“The company is working diligently to restore power to the Burlington area, and early estimates for restoration are by midday tomorrow, Friday, July 14 th . However, in such emergencies, the public should anticipate and be prepared to have the outages continue longer,” according to the press release.

Members of the National Guard are helping residents from the City of Burlington with monitoring traffic. They will also aid the county in doing health and well visits to people who are elderly, homebound, and vulnerable adults

The best way to get into Burlington is by using the Burlington Bypass to get across the river.

“Many people and organizations have contacted the city to donate goods, food and services to the community. We are working on creating a process and plan for those requests,” mentioned Mayor Jeannie Hefty. “We will be letting the public know what they can do to help us as soon as we can.

“We appreciate your patience during this emergency situation and future clean-up efforts.”

Racine County Under State Of Emergency

Racine County issued a state of emergency Wednesday morning. Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling warned residents living in western Racine County residents not to drive if they didn’t have to.

A number of roads remain closed by the Racine County Sheriff’s Department, including:

  • State Highway 20/Washington Ave is closed east bound at State Highway 75/ N. Beaumont Ave
  • Vandenboom Road is closed from State Highway 11/Durand Ave to the Racine County Line
  • Highway J/ English Settlement Ave is closed between Highway 11 and Mt. Tom Road/312 th Ave
  • Highway 11/Durand Ave is closed between 59 th Dr. and 67 th Dr. (east of Union Grove)
  • Highway 11 west of Highway 75 by the Kansasville Fire Department
  • Highway B from Highway 11 to the Kenosha County line
  • Interstate 94 southbound at the KR off ramp
  • West Frontage Road from Highway 11 to KR
  • East Frontage Road from Braun Road to Highway KR
  • Highway 11 at West Frontage Road to 59th Drive
  • Willow Road from 16th Street to Highway 11
  • 90th Street from Braun Road to KR.

Here are several resources and notices:

If you know of any closures in Racine County, feel free to post them in the comments section underneath this story. Here are a few that we’ve found so far:

  • The opening night performance of Cabaret at Malt House Theatre tonight is canceled. Updates are being posted on The Haylofters

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