Severe thunderstorm warning issued


The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning got Western Kenosha County.

The warning is in effect until 1:45 p.m.

Winds of 60 mph and hail have been observed with the storm moving into the area.

A word from our sponsors: July 23, 2017 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

AD-bear-realty-glenda-butch-revise2Note: Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty, are westofthei.com sponsors. This is a paid announcement — DH

Here are open houses being hosted today by Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty (click the links below for more information):

10342 168th Ave, Bristol

7940 Fredricksburg Ct 201, Bristol

7942 Williamsburg Ct 201, Bristol

23300 111th St, Trevor

8525 234th Ave, Salem

8001 160th Ave, Bristol

2403 136th Ave, Kenosha

Volunteers work to help flooding victims clean-up

Over 100 volunteers turned out to help with flood damaged homes. They removed objects of all description and debris from once flooded buildings. Some helped with sign in and organization. Others took care of food at the church. Some watched children so their parents could help out.

Coaches and players from the Wilmot football team helped pick up sandbags from the roadside.

Lunch was provided by donations and volunteers at the Community Baptist Church.

Clean-up organizer Allen Dunski of Silver Lake, whose own home was hit by flooding, thanked the volunteers who turned out Saturday and “busted their butts” to help people who in most cases they did not even know.

The clean up continues Sunday from 7 am to 6 pm. Volunteers can come any time to the fire station in Silver Lake, sign in, and join a work group.

Here are some more photos and videos from the clean-up:
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Units responding to crash along Paris-Kenosha border

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At about 8:19 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to the 13900 block of Highway K along the Paris-Kenosha border for a report of a crash.

Per dispatch: Single vehicle in the ditch.

St. John the Baptist Annual Picnic in Paris is July 29

St. John the Baptist Annual  Picnic in Paris will take place Saturday, July 29 from noon to 11 p.m.

Activities include:

  • Chicken dinner and more served from 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Kids games.
  • Country store.
  • Ticket drop
  • Car show 12-4 p.m.
  • Raffles.
  • Live music: Floor It, 12 to 4 p.m., The Bugs 5 to 7 p.m., The New Vinyls 7 to 10 p.m.
  • And more, including White Elephant, Linen Booth, Schaum Tortes

St. John the Baptist Church is located at 1501 172nd Ave, (Highway D, just north of Highway 142).

Highway 45 update July 22, 2017: New closures, common excavation, water main relocates, erosion control

Note: With the help of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, we will be telling our readers what work took place on the Highway 45 project in the week just past and what is expected to take place in the coming week. Check back every Friday (well, Saturday this week. Completely my bad. WisDOT was on the ball — DH) for the latest.

What happend this week (Week of July 17) — Set line for curb and gutter on Friday. Continued installing storm sewer between 86th St and 83rd St. Continued common excavation for Stage 2A. Continued common excavation and base agg. placement between County JS and County C. Will continue traffic signal installations at County C/US 45 and County WG/US 45. Began watermain relocates north of 83rd St. Continued placing erosion control devices due to heavy rain.

What’s expected to happen next week (Week of July 24) — Starting July 24, no traffic will be able to access US 45 from WIS 50. Traffic should proceed east to County D and take that south to 83rd St. Residents heading to Bristol Bay should then use 198th Ave and 80th St. Residents leaving Bristol Bay will have to leave taking US 45 to the south. Beginning July 31, only traffic heading to Bristol Bay will be able to able to use US 45 from WIS 50 to get to 79th St. No traffic will be allowed south of 79th. All other traffic will need to use County D. Traffic leaving Bristol Bay will need to go north on US 45. Also, install fence at County C retaining wall. Slip curb and gutter from County Q to 196th Ave and at County CJ. Remove pavement for base patches between County Q and 196th Ave. Pour concrete base patches between County Q and 196th Ave. Will be installing permanent signing at County WG. Willl be getting an overhead inspection done on the signals at County WG. Will continue signal installation at County C. Will continue installing storm sewer between 86th St and 83rd St. Will continue common excavation for Stage 2A. Will continue watermain relocations north of 83rd St. Will begin storm sewer work north of 83rd St. Will begin joint and crack repair on the existing concrete base.

A word from our sponsors: Hot Hilly Hairy Ultra Solo and Relay is July 29

Note: Kenosha Running Company is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

The Hot Hilly Hairy Ultra Solo and Relay is truly a one size fits all event AND one heck of a RUNNING TAILGATE PARTY!

Taking place on July 29th, 2017 on the UW Parkside 5K Cross County Course, this Kenosha Running Company trail event has a distance that will appeal to every runner and walker.

Extreme athletes can choose the 18 Hour Death Marc, where they see how many loops they can complete in 18 hours.

Weekend warriors can enjoy the trails from a different perspective, in the dark, by participating in the 9 p.m. Charge the Knight 5K.

Or, you can choose something in between! With multiple distances and several start times, there is bound to be something that can match your fitness level and fit into your busy schedule.

This is definitely a tailgate party-like environment and you are encouraged to bring family and friends to enjoy this great event, and have some fantastic food and craft beverages. We will have a DJ playing music throughout the event, live status time and place updates on a 36″ screen.

Registration ranges from $20 from $85.00. Online registration and race information can be found at http://www.xcthrillogy.com/hot-hilly-hairy.html. To find out more information about the Kenosha Running Company, visit our website at www.xcthrillogy.com or give us a call, we would love to talk to you, 262-925-0300.

Fox River expected to rise again, says forecast

After a round of persistent and at times  heavy rain, the National Weather Service is forecasting a rise in the level of the Fox River as measured at the New Munster gauge in Wheatland.

So far, however, actual readings from the gauge are not showing that swelling. At 5 a.m., the river was at 12.46 feet.

Two days of very heavy rains caused a record crest on the river of 17.47 on July 13. Flood stage is 11 feet.

Local lakes remain under slow no wake orders

Western Kenosha County lakes that were under slow no wake orders last weekend due to heavy rain are still under slow no wake.

We checked with local municipalities  and slow no wake orders for the following are still in effect:

  • Lakes Mary and Elizabeth in Twin Lakes.
  • Paddock Lake.
  • Lilly Lake in Wheatland.
  • Powers Lake in Randall.
  • All lakes in Salem Lakes, including Silver Lake, Hooker Lake, Lake Shangri-la, Camp Lake, Center Lake and others within the village’s boundary.

Salem Lakes village administrator Patrick Casey said the lakes in the village will be measured again Friday.

Tim Popanda, Paddock Lake village administrator, said he expects slow no wake to remain in effect on Paddock Lake through the weekend.

Complicating measuring the lake level in Twin Lakes is that the village’s level measuring device that displays the level on the village’s website is not working correctly. While it is being repaired, levels are being taken manually, said Jennifer Frederick, village administrator.

Severe thunderstorm watch

The national weather service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for an area of Wisconsin that includes Kenosha County.

The watch is in effect until midnight.

UPDATE about 10:30 p.m. — Watch has been cancelled.

Units responding to crash in Slades Corners

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At about 12:26 p.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units are responding to a crash at Highway 50 and P in Slades Corners.

Per dispatch: Crash involves a water delivery truck, another truck and a minivan.

UPDATE 12:41 p.m. — Westbound traffic being diverted at 392nd Avenue, deputy reports to dispatch.

Flash flood watch issued

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for an area of Wisconsin that includes Kenosha County.

The warning will be on effect from Friday afternoon through Saturday morning.

Rain later Friday and Saturday morning could result in 1 to 3 inches of rain in some locations, the watch says.

Camp Lake Park grand opening and Concert in the Park on July 23 cancelled

The grand opening of Camp Lake Park and Concert in the Park there on July 23, has been cancelled, the village of Salem Lakes has announced.

The festivities are expected to be re-scheduled for a later date.

Garage sales page updated

garage-saleWest of the I’s garage sales page has been updated.

Be sure to check it out each week before you begin your bargain hunting.

If you’d like your sale added to the list, please drop us a line at darren@westofthei.com. Include your address, days, hours etc. We’ll even add a map to your info.

Traffic very heavy near Country Thunder grounds in Randall


If you are heading west in Kenosha County Thursday night — and not going to the Country Thunder country music festival in Randall– you might want to find a route that goes around that area.

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department made the following announcement about 6 p.m. tonight (via Facebook):

Country Thunder traffic is currently very heavy. Local residents can obtain vehicle placards to make navigating traffic efficient. Placards can be obtained at the Twin Lakes Police Department or the Sheriff’s Department command post on 110th Street west of the festival entrance. Residents must provide ID or proof of residency to obtain a placard. We are working to clear up the situation. Drive safely and carefully!

Fox River still receding; more rain in forecast

The Fox River continues to recede as measure at the New Munster gauge, despite another round of rain overnight.

At 4 p.m. the river stood at 12.74 feet; the rate at which the river was falling slowed a bit overnight.

The crest last Thursday was 17.47 feet, a new record.

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department reported through a news release issued Thursday that the rain caused no flooding on county or state Highways here.

There is more rain in the forecast, chiefly Friday night when there is an 80 percent chance of a thunderstorm with 1 to 2 inches of rainfall possible.

Paddock Hooker Lake Association beach to remain closed through weekend

The Paddock Hooker Lake Association beach on Paddock Lake will remain closed through the weekend after follow-up testing Wednesday again showed elevated E.coli levels.

The latest reading at the PHLA beach was 2,419 E.coli/100 mL. A reading of over 1,000 E.coli/100 mL triggers a closure for swimming at the tested beach.

The closure will remain in effect until re-testing shows a satisfactory result. The county says they will resample Monday or Tuesday of next week.

The other beaches on Paddock Lake tested below caution and closure levels this week.

Salem Lakes special bulk pick-up update

The village of Salem Lakes made the following announcement Thursday regarding the ongoing special bulk pickup due to flooding and water damage:

The Special Bulk Pick Up is due to the excessive rain event, flooding, and damage to properties.  The Village has scheduled a special bulk pick up for garbage and damaged possessions. Johns Disposal started picking up damaged items on Monday July 17, 2017. They will continue through to pick up as quickly as possible. Residents need to place items for disposal out at the curb prior as soon as possible. Residents that do not place items out for this special pick up will have to wait until their regular bulk pick up day. Your bulk pick up day is always scheduled for the first pick up day of the month. For questions regarding the special pick up please call 262-843-2313

Local fire departments responding for mutual aid to Spring Grove

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At about 9:50 a.m., Western Kenosha County fire departments are responding to box alarm request for mutual aid from McHenry County.

The Spring Grove Fire department is fighting a structure fire in the 9000 block of Winn Road.

Local departments responding are: Twin Lakes Fire Department with a tender, Randall Fire Department with a tender and Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue with a tender and a chief to the scene and an ambulance for  a change of quarters.

High wind warning issued

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for a portion of Wisconsin that includes Kenosha County.

The warning is in effect until 1 a.m.

Says NWS: “A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.”

Winds observed up to 60 mph have prompted the warning.

Deaths July 19, 2017: Margaret R. Vos, Rev. Daniel F. Calkins

This post sponsored by Westosha Floral.

The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information:

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Units responding for transformer

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At about 9:40 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units are responding to the 11300 block of 224th Avenue in Trevor.

Per dispatch: A sparking transformer has been reported.

Units responding to Country Thunder grounds

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At about 8:55 p.m., Randall Fire Department units from both stations have been dispatched to respond to the Country Thunder festival grounds in preparation for the storm approaching the area.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for an area of Wisconsin that includes Kenosha County.

The warning will be in effect until 10 p.m.

A storm moving east at 45 mph from the Delavan area has been observed to include 60 mph winds.

UPDATE 9:11 p.m. — Warning has been cancelled. Severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until midnight.

Severe thunderstorm watch issued

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for an area of Wisconsin the includes Kenosha County.

The watch is scheduled to be in effect until midnight.

The latest, local forecast calls for new rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. There’s a 60 percent chance of a storm.

July 19, 2017 lake test results: Paddock Hooker Lake Assoc. beach closed; Center Lake re-opens

The Paddock Hooker Lake Association beach on Paddock Lake, put on caution Tuesday due to water test results, has now been closed to swimming after follow-up testing showed even higher levels of E.coli.

Testing from Tuesday at the PHLA beach were 1,300 E.coli/100 mL. A beach is closed to swimming when test results exceed E.coli 1000/100ml.

The beach will be tested again Wednesday by the Kenosha County Division of Health.

Center Lake, which was closed Tuesday due to high E.coli levels, reopened Wednesday after a re-test result of 155 E.coli/100 mL.

Results from beaches in Twin Lakes also were reported Wednesday. They were all below caution or closure levels as follows: Musial – 3 E.coli/100 mL; Lance – 19 E.coli/100 mL; Sunset – 11 E.coli/100 mL; Lucille – 6 E.coli/100 mL.

 

 

 

Multi-Agency Response Center at Riverview School to include info session

The Multi-Agency Response Center set up Wednesday at Riverview School will now also include a 2 p.m. information session in which representatives from various agencies will be on hand to answer flood-related questions and concerns.

The response center, which includes many resources for flood victims, will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

A list of agencies that will be present and what they can offer is here.

Deal of the Day: Breezy Hill Nursery $25 gift card half off

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Garage sales page updated

garage-saleWest of the I’s garage sales page has been updated.

Be sure to check it out each week before you begin your bargain hunting.

If you’d like your sale added to the list, please drop us a line at darren@westofthei.com. Include your address, days, hours etc. We’ll even add a map to your info.

Fox River receding slows, but still falling; chance of more rain in forecast

The Fox River continues to recede as measured at the New Munster gauge, but at a rate a little bit slower than recent days.

At 8 p.m. Tuesday, the river was measured at 13.56, about 6 inches less than Monday evening’s level.

The current National Weather Service forecast for the river calls for the level to be back under flood stage of 11 feet vet early on Monday, July 24.

A flood warning continues to be in effect.

That progress might be impaired by a persistent chance of rain in the NWS forecast Tuesday night through Sunday.

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