Flood advisory canceled for Village of Pleasant Prairie

CREATED Oct 30, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct 30, 2012

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE- Village of Pleasant Prairie officials have canceled their flood advisory along the village's lakeshore.

Village officials say they made the decision after the National Weather Service determined the peak period for potential dangerous high waves along the Lake Michigan shoreline in southeastern Wisconsin passed.

Some people in Pleasant Prairie had been told to leave their homes because of the threat of flooding.

Huge whitecaps pushed closer and closer to shore in Kenosha County, but that didn't stop folks from taking in the sights and preparing for the worst.

With tons of sand, dozens of shovels and a whole lot of support, volunteers and city workers burned the midnight oil.  They were packing sandbag after sandbag to protect houses along the lakefront.

"We've been working around the clock since 6pm last night, and we've probably made about 3,500 sandbags so far," says John Steinbrink of the Department of Public Works.

Sara Anguiano brought her family to help.  She's hoping Mother Nature won't bother her longtime home.

"It's better for me to have all this stuff ready than to be all panicking and ready to leave if it gets too much," says Anguiano.

Thankfully, the current wasn't quite as fierce as anticipated.

While crews continued their work, dozens of onlookers flocked to beaches to catch a glimpse of the massive waves and the storm that caused so many headaches on the East Coast.

"You see something like this rarely, so I'm just snapping pictures for history," explains Christian Tuska.