UPDATED AT 11:50pm
Dodge County Emergency Management Director Amy Nehls says all county roads should now be open and clear of flood waters. She says the only closure remaining is Highway 28 near Theresa due to repair work being done by the Highway Department. Proper signage is posted.
(Dodge County) Dodge County has seen a number of road closures from the storm system moving through the region Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Dodge County Emergency Management Director Amy Nehls says multiple county roads became submerged after experiencing one-to-two inches of rainfall per hour at times. Many of the roads are in the northern portion of the county.
Emergency crews comprised of county highway department workers and local department of public works personnel are attempting to mark as many streets as possible. Nehls says there is a potential that there are not enough signs to mark every road that is underwater. She encourages the public to be alert and avoid flood waters.
The National Weather Service is saying possible tornados touched down in Fort Atkinson, Wales and Belleville. Weather officials are expected to survey damage today. In Fort Atkinson, roofs were damaged, trees were knocked down and windows blew out.
Flooding was reported in Waupun where the Rock River overran its banks. The city’s Department of Public Works made sandbags available to residents. Waupun Mayor Julie Nickel says Waupun utilities, DPW, police and fire worked through the night to make sure residents are safe.
In Fond du Lac, Interstate 41 southbound at Hickory Street was closed due to water on the roadway. A half inch of rain reportedly came down in ten minutes near the Fond du Lac County Airport.
Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. The National Weather Service says be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low-lying spots.
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect through 10am this morning for Dodge, Jefferson, Fond du Lac and Washington counties in addition to counties along the Illinois border and in the southeastern corner of the state. There is a Flood Warning at Waupun that is expected to stay in effect until the river falls below flood stage.