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Flooding in Fox Valley
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GRAFTON - People throughout parts of Wisconsin are taking Thursday to deal with the aftermath of strong storms that rumbled through our state.
The aftermath includes closures of U.S. highways north of our area, and flash flood warnings in northern counties.
The State Patrol says they closed down U.S. 41 due to flooding north of the Fond du Lac County border in Winnebago County.
Northbound U.S. 41 was shut down at Highway N in Fond du Lac County. That brought about a long detour for people to find their way back on the highway.
"From Fond du Lac, I actually took Highway 23 all the way out to C because I figured I'd cut through a bit of the detour. I got hung up in it," said Dustin Mueller, who chose to do work from home.
"It was something I was supposed to be working in the office today, but my boss will understand."
Those lanes re-opened at about 8:30 a.m.
Southbound lanes were closed at Highway 26, but were re-opened at about 9:30 a.m.
"There's a river there going about 125 yards wide," said a State Patrol staff member.
The State Patrol tells us that Winnebago County Sheriff's Department shut down State Highway 21 in both directions in the city of Omro after flooding there. Those lanes have been re-opened.
The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings for Calumet, Manitowoc and Winnebago Counties.
Officials say parts of the entire town of Hilbert in Calumet County are impassable due to high water on roads there.
"In the neighborhood of about two feet in some locations. That water runs probably 100 yards," Matthew Marmor of Calumet County Management told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jay Sorgi.
Marmor also explained that people had to clean up flooded basements. One person told him they were dealing with that problem for the fourth time in five years.
The Town of Rockwood in Manitowoc County has shut down access to the town because of high water there.
A gas station in Omro, near Oshkosh, has seen the effect of flooding on their business Thursday morning.
"We open up at 5:00 a.m., and we always have the early traffic going through, and we've had two customers this morning," station worker Mark Zimmer told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jodi Becker.
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