Waupun Declares State Of Emergency, Most Power Restored

(Waupun) The city of Waupun has declared a state of emergency following the severe weather that swept through the area on Tuesday. Nearly all city residents have had their power restored.

 

City Administrator Kathy Schlieve issued the following press release at 4pm Wednesday:

“The City of Waupun continues to recover after declaring a state of emergency from Tuesday’s strong thunderstorms.  Crews from six different electric utilities joined Waupun Public Utilities staff to repair electric distribution lines in the community.  According to Randy Posthuma, General Manager of Waupun Public Utilities, crews made significant progress today in repairing distribution lines and are now working to address individual outages.  Crews will be visiting residences without power to assess issues and identify resolution.  Many of the crews have been working since late yesterday afternoon when the storm hit.  Crews will work until dusk today and then will be released to get much needed rest before returning at daybreak to resume work.  Residents who are without power are reminded to contact Waupun Public Utilities at 920-324-7920 to report their outage.  Several road closures within the city remain in place due to localized flooding and repairs.  Residents are reminded that if they are unable to stay in their home, a shelter has been opened at Brandon Elementary School, 200 West Bowen Street, Brandon, WI.  Information can be obtained by calling 920-324-7920.  All residents of the City of Waupun who have damage to their property as a result of this disaster should call 2-1-1 to report the damage.  We will be issuing an updated communication mid-morning on Thursday, August 30.”

 

City Administrator Kathy Schlieve issued the following press release at 10am Wednesday:

The City of Waupun declared a state of emergency after strong thunderstorms hit the area Tuesday afternoon.  Initially power was lost to the entire city.  As of this morning, crews have restored all but two main service lines within the city.  Mutual aid from Columbus, Kaukauna and Manitowoc arrived last night to assist and additional crews from Hartford, Sun Prairie and Waunakee were brought in this morning.  According to Randy Posthuma, General Manager of Waupun Public Utilities, the work that remains requires significant repairs before restoring service to the remaining customers without power.  Crews will continue to work throughout the day to make the needed repairs.  Once primary distribution lines are repaired, crews will begin to visit individual residences that are still without power to work to resolve outstanding issues.  At the present time, Waupun Public Utilities estimates that service has been restored to ninety percent of the city.  Residents without power should contact Waupun Public Utilities at 920-324-7920.

As of this morning all city streets have been cleared of debris with the exception of portions of Bly and Franklin Streets which remain closed due to downed trees and powerlines.   Additionally, Fond du Lac Street is closed at the bridge near Gateway Drive and Spring Street due flood waters hitting the bridge deck, and Gateway Drive is closed due to localized flooding.  At first daylight, the Department of Public Works began work on brush cleanup across the city.  Residents may dispose of brush that resulted from storm damage by either transporting debris to the Waupun City Garage located at 903 N Madison Street or by piling debris in the terrace for pickup by city crews.  DPW crews will focus on brush cleanup within all residential and commercial neighborhoods and then will begin work to cleanup city parks.  Given the large amount of damage, we ask that you please be patient with the pickup process as we anticipate that full cleanup may take weeks to months to complete. 

For those residents who experienced flooding or damage to their homes, residents are advised to take pictures and contact their insurance carrier.  Additionally, all residents of  the City of Waupun who have damage to their property as a result of this disaster should call 2-1-1 to report the damage.  Advanced Disposal is locating dumpsters at the Waupun City Garage to dispose of household items damaged in the storm.   Residents will need to transport damaged household items to the City Garage for disposal.     

People wishing to volunteer should report to the Waupun Safety Building located at 16 E Main Street to register and to await instructions.  We will be issuing an updated communication at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29.”

 

A state of emergency has been declared and a curfew is in place in Waupun. City Administrator Kathy Schlieve issued the following press release at 12am:

The City of Waupun has declared a state of emergency.  At approximately 4 p.m. the city was hit by strong thunderstorms that were associated with a tornado warning.  This continues to be a changing and still dangerous situation with downed trees and power lines.  At this time, all substations are back online and power has been restored to seventy-percent of the City of Waupun.  All critical need areas have power and crews will be working through the night to make the needed repairs to restore service to those customers without power.  Waupun Public Utilities reports that all traffic signals are working in the city.  At this time, we continue to evaluate overall safety of the community and are opening main roadways through the city.  Crews will continue to work through the night and safety for all work crews and residents are the first priority.  We are asking residents to continue with the curfew through Wednesday, August 29 at 6 a.m.  The Emergency Operations Center is being moved to Waupun Fire Department and will be staffed through the night.  A shelter has been opened by the American Red Cross at the Brandon Elementary School, 200 W. Bowen Street, Brandon.  Anyone needing transportation to the shelter should call 2-1-1.  All residents of Fond du Lac County who have damage to their property as a result of this disaster should also call 2-1-1 to report the damage.  We will be issuing an updated communication at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 29.”

 

(Waupun) A state of emergency has been declared and a curfew is in place in Waupun. City Administrator Kathy Schlieve issued the following press release at 10pm:

“The City of Waupun has declared a state of emergency.  At approximately 4 p.m. the city was hit by strong thunderstorms that were associated with a tornado warning.  This is a changing but still very dangerous situation.  At this time, we are aware of a significant number of downed trees and powerlines.  Citizens are reminded to stay clear of downed lines as they may still be energized.  There are pockets of the city that have power restored, including Waupun Memorial Hospital and the wastewater treatment plant.  Waupun Public Utility crews will continue to work through the night to restore power to as many customers as possible.  It is likely that some customers will remain without power into tomorrow.  At this point the Department of Public Works is reporting ninety-percent of city streets are open.  Streets that are not open are a result of wires entangled in downed trees and those blockages will be addressed at daylight.  The city has called for mutual aid and utility crews from Columbus, Kaukauna, and Manitowoc are onsite assisting with power restoration.  Additionally, fire departments from Van Dyne, Lamartine, Ripon, Eldorado and Oakfield have responded with assistance.  At this time, the curfew starting at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28, remains in place until 6 a.m. on Wednesday, August 29.  An Emergency Operations Center remains staffed through the night at Waupun Public Utilities and we will be issuing an updated communication at 12:00 a.m. on August 29.” 

 

City Administrator Kathy Schlieve issued the following press release at 8:45pm:

“The City of Waupun has declared a state of emergency and is seeking assistance from county and state resources.  At approximately 4pm the city was hit by strong thunderstorms that were associated with a tornado warning.  Damage assessments are underway.  We are aware that power is out throughout the city and there are downed power lines.  Citizens are reminded to stay clear of downed lines as they may still be energized.   It is recommended that if electronic devices are running low on power that they are connected to a power source in a vehicle to charge those devices.  Residents are instructed to take pictures and contact their insurance company to report property damage.  With sump pumps not running, residents are reminded to check their basements and move valuables to higher storage to avoid potential water damage.

A curfew has been established at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28 until 6 a.m. on Wednesday, August 29.  During the time the curfew is in order, residents are required to stay off the roadways.  No entry into the city will be granted unless proof of residency is provided or for shift workers reporting to work within the city limits with their employer issued identification.  Waupun Public Utility crews are assessing downed power lines and Department of Public Works crews are addressing down trees and other damages.  At this time we are not aware of any injuries.  We have checked with all Senior living and assisted care facilities and Waupun Memorial Hospital.  At this time their needs have been addressed and we will continue to monitor the situation. 

If residents are unable to stay in their home, a shelter has been opened at Brandon Elementary School, 200 West Bowen Street, Brandon, WI.  Residents who cannot self-transport are asked to call 920-324-7920 and transportation will be provided.  An Emergency Operations Center has been established at Waupun Public Utilities and we will be issuing an updated communication at 10:00 p.m.”