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Flood warning issued; Fox River on the rise

Our recent burst of wet weather has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning for about the southern half of the state, including Kenosha County. The warning is in effect from 7 p.m. Sunday to 10 a.m. Monday. The level of the Fox River, as measured at the New Munster gauge, is […]

Fox River a foot above flood stage

The Fox River, as measured at the New Munster gauge, is about a foot over flood stage. The river was at 11.32 feet at 6:45 a.m. Sunday. Flood stage is 10 feet. A flood warning is in effect. Minor flooding may be taking place at this level. The forecast is for the river to remain […]

Fox River approaching flood stage

We’ve all been enjoying the warm weather and sunshine today, but the prime conditions for snow melt and frozen ground are driving up the level of the Fox River. Consequently, the National Weather Service has issued a hydrologic outlook for the Fox effective until further notice. The Fox River at the New Munster measuring station […]

Fox River back over flood stage

The rains of Tuesday and today have caused the Fox River to rise quickly back over flood stage, reversing what had been a trend of receding levels as measured at the New Munster gauge. The most recent observation at 7 a.m. today has the river at 11.18 feet. At 7:15 a.m, Tuesday, the river was […]

Flood warning in effect for Fox River

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Fox River in Western Kenosha County. At 3 p.m. Saturday, the river was at 9.1 feet at the New Munster gauge. The river is forecast to be rise above flood stage of 10 feet by midnight tomorrow and continue to rise through the week. […]

Fox River under flood stage again

The Fox River slipped below flood stage of 10 feet Tuesday as measured at the New Munster gauge. As of the latest observation at 7 p.m. today, the river was at 9.96 feet. The flood warning has expired. The river is expected to be below the 9-foot action stage by Saturday morning. However, there is […]

Fox River dips under flood stage, then begins to rise

The Fox River briefly was under flood stage of 10 feet at the New Munster gauge. As recently as at 4:30 a.m., the river was measuring 9.95 feet. But continued rain has started the river to rise again with a forecast of reaching a crest of 11 feet by Sunday morning, says the National Weather Service. At 9 a.m., […]

Fox River below 12 feet; forecast calls for flood stage to end Thursday

The Fox River at the New Munster gauge is down to 11.58 feet as of the 1:45 observation today. With the right weather, the river is forecast to be below flood stage of 10 feet by Saturday. But about that weather. There is some chance of rain in the forecast for every day this week. The strongest […]

Fox River now under 13 feet

The Fox River is now under 13 feet as drier weather allows the waterway to continue to recede. The most recent observation at the New Munster gauge was 12.85 feet at 12:15 p.m. today. The current hydrologic forecast for the river at that calls for river to still be above 10 feet, which is flood stage, next Thursday.

Fox River drops below 14 feet; rain in forecast for tonight, Tuesday

The Fox River has dropped below 14 feet at the New Munster gauge, registering at 13.84 feet as of 4 a.m. Monday. The river is now in moderate flood stage. A flood warning is still in effect. There is more rain in the National Weather Service forecast for tonight and Tuesday. After that, the week looks much drier than last week. Temperatures also […]

Highway 50 open through Western Kenosha County

The Highway 50 closure put into effect Friday because of raising water on the Fox River has been lifted Sunday morning. At about 8 a.m. barricades were being taken down along the route by county Highway Department workers. Water at the key point of the highway, near the bridge over the river, was at about the same level […]

Fox River hits crest at 14.5 feet; now receding

The Fox River hit its crest at 14.5 feet early this morning and is now slowly receding, according to the National Weather Service. The high water mark was recorded at the New Munster gauge at 12:45 a.m. Subsequent readings have been slightly lower showing the river is receding.  At 4:45 a.m., the river was measured at 14.45 feet. The crest […]

Report from the Road: A look at the Highway 50 closure

I took a spin this afternoon to see how the Highway 50 closure was set up. Traveling westbound, the closure and detour starts being announced east of Paddock Lake. The official detour route of Highway 75 to Highway 142 to Highway 83 is posted at Brass Ball Corners (Highways 50 and 75), but on Highway […]

UPDATE: Water on parts of Highway 50; detour signs going up

At 8:56 a.m., I just got back from taking a look at Highway 50 and found there is some water up on the edges of Highway 50 near Highway W-north in Wheatland. Traffic was, however, able to move through unimpeded. The water from flooding in the median was into a left-turn lane in the westbound lanes. […]

UPDATE: Fox River crest forecast adjust down slightly

The latest National Weather Service forecast for the ultimate crest of the Fox River has been revised down again slightly. The river is now forecast to crest at 15 feet, as of an updated forecast created by the NWS at 7:01 a.m. If reached, 15 feet would be the second highest crest on record. The highest crest on record […]

UPDATE: Fox River crest forecast revised higher again; may reach 15 feet

The most recent National Weather Service forecast for the Fox River now calls for a crest of 15 feet at the New Munster gauge, coming early Saturday morning. The highest crest on record is 15.18 feet, recorded on June 15, 2008. A crest of 15 feet would be the second highest. UPDATE 10:21 p.m. — […]

Highway 50 to close Friday morning due to Fox River level

This map supplied by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation shows the area of the Highway 50 closure.[/caption] The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is planning to close Highway 50 from Highway 75 in Paddock Lake to Highway 83-north in Wheatland starting early Friday morning. The closure is apparently due to concern about the rising level of the Fox […]

Local state of emergency declared for Kenosha County

A local state of emergency has been declared for Kenosha County, Jim Kreuser, county executive, has announced. The press release on the declaration says: Residents along low-lying areas of the Fox River are strongly urged to evacuate. The American Red Cross has established a temporary shelter for area residents at Christ Lutheran Church, 24929 75th St., Paddock […]

Street flooding reported

Here are places we are hearing reports of new street flooding this morning: 12800 block of Highway N in Paris 22200 to 22300 block of 122nd Street in Salem. Highway AH in Salem — 207 block and about the 23600 block. Highway B in the area of Highway NN in Brighton. Highway EA, 1600 block, […]

UPDATE: Fox River flooding forecast revised upward to near record

The latest National Weather Service forecast for flooding on the Fox River has been revised upward this evening. The river is now forecast to crest at 14.9 feet on Sunday morning. The highest crest on record is 15.18 from June 15, 2008. If the river reaches 14.9 that would be the third highest crest on record. Kenosha […]

DNR says Vern Wolfe Lake draw down should prevent overtopping of dam; Highway 75 still closed

The draw down of water at  Vern Wolfe Lake in the Richard Bong State Recreation area has been successful enough that DNR experts no longer fear the lake overtopping its dam, a statement released this afternoon says. However, Highway 75, which is about 50 feet away from the dam, continues to be closed for now between Highway […]

National Weather Service forecasts major flood stage for Fox River here

The National Weather Service is forecasting a new crest of 14.1 feet for the Fox River at the New Munster gauge. The mark, expected to be reached early Sunday morning, would put the river just a bit over the major flood stage of 14 feet. A crest of 14.1 feet would be the third highest on record. […]

Heavy rain forecast through end of week; trouble for Fox River and Vern Wolf Lake?

The National Weather Service out of its office in Sullivan is forecasting the possibility of  heavy rain and major flooding Wednesday through the end of the work week. Rain is expected to start falling tomorrow morning and then intensify after 10 a.m. Wednesday. The largest amounts are forecast for Wednesday night and Thursday with 1 to […]

UPDATE: Hole detected in Vern Wolf Lake dam is source of concern about possible failure

A hole in the Vern Wolf Lake Dam detected this morning by Department of Natural Resources dam safety engineers is why DNR officials are concerned about the structure possibly failing and flooding or undermining near-by Highway 75. DNR Warden Jennifer Niemeyer said the level of water in the lake is high but the real concern […]

Levee at lake on Richard Bong Rec. Area property being monitored for breech; Highway 75 being shut down

The levee on Vern Wolf Lake in the Richard Bong State Recreation Area is being monitored for a possible breach, which could affect Highway 75, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department announced today. Though the levee is intact as of  about 2:40 p.m., Highway 75 is being shut down near 18th Street as a precaution. The closure will remain in […]

National Weather Service flooding forecast moderates some

The National Weather Service forecast for flooding along the Fox River as measured at the New Munster gauge has moderated some. The NWS is now calling for a crest of 13.54, to be reached early Saturday morning. Earlier the NWS had forecast a crest of a smidge over 14 feet, the start of the major […]

Flooding photos

With the Fox River just a touch over 13 feet at the New Munster gauge as of 3:45 p.m., signs of flooding along the river in Western Kenosha County were beginning to show up today. Here are some photos I shot at about noon in Salem just north of Silver Lake as well as some […]

Northbound lanes on I-94 flooded

At 10:57 a.m., the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department has issued the following statement regarding flooding on I-94: Two Right hand lanes on I-94 NB North of HWY C and South of STH 50 are flooded. This has reduced traffic to One lane NB in this area. Suggested alternate routes: If trying to get to Hwy […]

Federal flood insurance now available in Bristol

Bristol has joined over 21,000 communities nationwide that are allowed to purchase federally backed flood insurance. This availability follows the village’s adoption and enforcement of ordinances to reduce flood loses and acceptance by the National Flood Insurance Program. Bristol is now a participant in the NFIP effective March 8. Residents of the village will be able to purchase flood insurance up to the limits under […]

Fox River receding; flood warning still in effect

The Fox River is receding today after reaching a crest of 11.94 early Wednesday morning. The 4 a.m. level at the New Munster measuring station was 11.7 feet. Current projections are for the river to stay above flood level (10 feet) until Wednesday, March 20. A flood warning is still in effect. There’s no rain or snow in the forecast for today, but […]

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