People Stranded, Basements Become Ponds

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MILWAUKEE - A woman in Oak Creek tells us that an entire subdivision is completely stranded because of the flooding.

"We have a considerable amount of flooding on our cul-de-sac," said Pam Stiglitz to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News" in a moment of understatement.

She says that at the base of the cul-de-sac in Park Way Estates, her subdivision on East Golden Lane, there is five and a half feet of standing water.

"We can't get out of our subdivision."

Homes in that area are being flooded as well.

"Especially the 10 homes that are based in the cul-de-sac.  Those people are going nowhere today, except dealing with their flooding."

Brian on the northwest side has dealt with flooding in his basement before.

"We had just finished remodeling from the 2008 flood where we took (in) about a foot (of water)," said Brian.

He told 620WTMJ's Wisconsin's Morning news that today, he's dealing with double that amount.

"We took in just under two feet of water in our basement."

Compared to many, he's lucky.

"I'm thinking I might be lucky on the end that it's mostly rainwater."

Authorities suggest not to walk into basement flooding because of a risk of electrocution. 

People in the city of Milwaukee can call 286-CITY if they experience basement flooding, while those in Milwaukee County can call 211 after 8:00 a.m. to give a damage assessment.