Storm Team 4

Authorities, communities across region preparing for floods

CREATED Apr 18, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - The State of Wisconsin is monitoring all our heavy rain and potential flooding. 

As of early Thursday, it's watch and wait, as there weren't major problems.

But there's a lot of concern that could change quickly.

"The counties that are having the most urgent counties are Rock, Jefferson and Kenosha Counties," said Todd Pritchard with Wisconsin Emergency Management.

Those counties are all under flood warnings, as are a number of others in our area. 

"Everyone's in, kind of, watch and wait mode right now."

However, some areas are preparing ahead of time in case flooding comes.

Many counties including Racine are handing out sandbags.

The state has half a million ready to go, should that be needed. 

The DNR is monitoring a dam that makes Vern Wolf Lake in Kenosha County. 

Luckily, water levels on the lake has been dropping. 

There was concern about water going over the top of that dam.

To give you an idea of how huge this weather system, the line of storms affecting us extends back to Mexico. 

There are flash flood warnings that extend from Chicago back to Oklahoma. 

In northwest Wisconsin, Minnesota all the way back to Colorado, there are winter storm warnings and weather advisories.