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State of emergency in Racine Co.; rivers could rise three feet above flood stage

CREATED Apr. 18, 2013

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BURLINGTON - The mayor of a city in Racine County has issued a state of emergency until further notice due to current and possible future flood conditions there.

Burlington Mayor Robert Miller announced the State of Emergency after projections of the Fox River flood level are set to rise as high as three feet above floodstage.

Racine County Executive Jim Ladwig also declared a state of emergency, as flooding is also an issue in Waterford.

'We expect it to be over record highs, so we're working with those municipalities," Ladwig told TODAY'S TMJ4's Nick Montes.

The city of Burlington said that people who own property there can expect increased flooding by the weekend, and they want people to keep tabs on the river levels for the Fox and White Rivers.

Burlington also said they'd provide sand and bags to property owners so they can fill their own bags.  People can pick them up at 824 Milwaukee Avenue.

Those who cannot fill their own bags can call the city for assistance.

Dean Anderson is building a breakwall between his basement and the Fox River in Waterford.

He says the river is just 70 feet from his home.

"I hauled one load of sandbags so far.  I'll probably have to haul three more," said Anderson.

The Fox River is already at high levels in Waterford, reaching lawns and walkways.

Anderson doesn't want a major flood like 2008, when a big storm rolled in.

"It was maybe waist deep once you (get) 50 feet away from the house," said Anderson.

Waterford public works crews were expected to stuff about 4,000 sandbags.