Storm Team 5: Residents Should Prepare for Flooding

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Northeast Wisconsin is at the beginning of a major thaw and this means flooding concerns for much of the area.

Periods of rain combined with mild air will team up to create runoff with no place to go.

A flood watch is in effect for the entire state of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. This means conditions are favorable for flooding and you should keep close eye on your property for any signs of water backing up closer to your home.

The National Weather Service estimates anywhere from 2” to 5” of melted equivalent in the existing snowpack and with 0.50”-1.00” of additional rain expected to fall, we have the recipe for flooding as there’s no place for the runoff to go.

The drainage basins are frozen, so this means ice jams as the rivers begin to thaw will only add to the flood threat. 

Street ponding could be hiding giant potholes, so be aware when driving. 

To mitigate flooding around your home, make sure you clear storm drains as much as you can. Make sure your roof is clear from ice dams. Also, check on your sump pump a couple times per day, this will assure you catch any issues early should your pump fail.

These conditions are also very favorable for fog to form as the snowpack refrigerated the moisture-heavy air directly above it. Use caution when traveling, especially at night.

Stay with Storm Team 5 for the latest on this winter thaw.

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