SE Wisconsin residents work all night to try to stop flooding

CREATED Mar. 11, 2013

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THIENSVILLE - Heather Gibler has seen her share of ups and downs when it comes to the Milwaukee River outside her Thiensville home, once owned by John Thien himself.

"We've seen it high, but not this high," Gibler said. "This is a first."

You combine the rain we've seen in the last few days and the warmer temperatures melting snow on the ground and what you get is a lot of water looking for somewhere to go.

"It's supposed to be in the backyard, they said, by midnight here," she said. "So we'll see what happens. We're hoping the basement holds."

And Thiensville isn't the only town trying to stay dry. Across Southeast Wisconsin, backyards and basements are submerged.

"Trying to flush it out to the front of the house," said Dan Stoeger of Sheboygan. "All this snow, all this rain, it's quite a mess."

And it's not over yet.

"We're going to be up late tonight," Gibler added. "The alarm goes off at 4:30. I don't know if we're going to go to bed.