Determining Flood Damage to Brown County Roads and Bridges

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The flooding we’ve experienced has caused damage to area roads and requires dozens of bridges to be checked. Local 5 spoke with officials from Brown County Emergency Management about what they have planned for the days ahead.

Inside the Emergency Operation Center of Brown County – a room of public safety officials monitoring area flooding.  A weather event that Brown County Public Works Director Paul Fontecchio says shows the raw power of moving water.

“It was impressive and scary at the same time,” Fontecchio said. 

Thursday melting snow and rainfall combined to cause flooding across the county with the East River going well above its banks.

“From the Bay of Green Bay, all the way to Greenleaf, along the East River is where were experiencing significant flooding,” said Director of Public Safety Communications Cullen Peltier.

“We had massive thawing, so you have a lot of pop outs, now we’ve got wash outs, there are pieces of road just missing,” Fontecchio said.

Fontecchio says the flood waters washed out road shoulders, loosened pavement, as well as forced the closure of two dozen bridges. Now all of these structures need to be checked.

“All the bridges where the water hit the bottom of the girders or higher, they all need to be assessed structurally before we can open them up to traffic, so we got our work cut out for us,” said Fontecchio.

While it appears the East River will hit its crest soon.

“We believe the river should crest sometime Friday afternoon or into Saturday,” said Peltier.

Peltier says it will take some time for all the water to recede. So, people need to remain alert and use common sense.

“We’re just encouraging people to be smart and if you see flooded waterways turn around and go away and don’t go into barricaded area,” he said.

And until the flooding danger is past, this room will be staffed by safety experts, keeping watch over residents in the county. 

Two teams of engineers will conduct those road and bridge assessments.

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