Cleanup begins in southeast Wisconsin after damaging storms

CREATED May 13, 2014 - UPDATED: May 13, 2014

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RACINE -- Puddles line the streets like mailboxes and roads look more like dirt trails.

Such is the norm after a series of spring storms walloped southeast Wisconsin late Monday and into Tuesday morning. Heavy rains pounded areas from Kenosha to Sheboygan, drenching homes and cars.
"On the inside of my car, the water was up to my knees," Prentiss Cole explained to TODAY'S TMJ4. "If I opened my car door, water would've come out."
Cole and his family were stranded by flooding when their car plowed into four feet of water at 19th and Lathrop Ave in Racine. Cole compared the water to black ice, since it was dark outside and it was tough to see.
"Imagine going to the water park and you're coming down so fast and all the water rushes on you," Cole said. "You really didn't know what was going on. It was a moment of panic."
Up north in Ozaukee County, crews in Thiensville are watching the Milwaukee River after last night's storms.  For now the river has not overflowed significantly, and there are no concerns for homeowners along the river.  The water is moving fast, but is well below flood stage for now.