Storms, High Water Levels Prompt Flooding Concerns

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NIAGARA, Wis. (WFRV) – More rain is expected for Marinette County and that has those living in Niagara concerned.

The Marinette County Emergency Management department says Thursday’s storms dumped between two-and-a-half and three inches of rain. That caused a creek near Brook Street to overflow, and washout soil and rock between the pavement and sidewalks. The water and debris closed US 141, which is also know as river street.

The rain and the extent of the damage surprised residents. The emergency management director says Brook Street is now a total loss.

“It (Brook Street) is a loss at this point” Eric Burmeister says. “It’s going to have to be reconstructed and redone. WE Engergies was in this morning looking at the gas lines that were exposed because the black top and aggregate all washed into a hole. That’s been made safe.”

“That second heavy rain last night,” Mike Redfern says, “the complexion of the to speak.”

With more rain in the forecast, emergency services will be watching areas prone to flooding.

They’ve also sent word for staffers at county owned parks and camps to be ready to move people out if the memoninee or other waterways start to rise.

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