Many roads in smaller municipalities, county, closed or impassable

Metro Wire Staff

Several roads across Portage Co. have closed due to flooding.

In addition to localized flooding of roads and yards in the Village of Plover, a surge of snowmelt and stormwater from the Shady Dr. area in Plover began affecting the southern part of the village on Thursday night.

The flooding forced the village to close several roads, along with the Post Rd./County Hwy. B intersection. Detour signs have been posted.

In rural areas, county crews have also closed down several roads and intersections including parts of County Hwy. R between State Hwy. 54 and Hwy. 10 and County Hwy. HH near County Hwy. J.

Most roads in Park Ridge, south of Main St., also remain closed to thru traffic.

Highway Commissioner Nathan Check said not all flooded areas may be marked.

“If you encounter a flooded roadway, do not drive through the flood waters,” Check said via email Friday morning. “It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a car. When you encounter flood water, turn around, don’t drown. Also, the public should stay out of flood waters. Flood water can contain bacteria, sewage, sharp objects, and other dangerous items.”

Portage Co. Chief Deputy Ben Beaudoin has offered the following tips for flood safety:

-Drain basements slowly. Basements containing standing water should be emptied gradually – no more than 2‐3 inches per day. If a basement is drained too quickly, the water pressure outside the walls will be greater than the water pressure inside, which may cause the basement floor and walls to crack and collapse.
-Shut off electrical power if you suspect damage to your home. Even if the damage isn’t easily seen, shut off electrical power, natural gas, and propane tanks to avoid fire, electrocution, or explosions.
-Use battery‐powered lanterns to light homes rather than candles. Candles could trigger an explosion if there is a gas leak.
-Use generators at least 20 feet from your home. Generators create carbon monoxide. In enclosed spaces, the carbon monoxide can build up and cause sickness or death.
-Throw out food if you can’t be sure it’s safe. Throw out any refrigerated food if your power was out for four hours or more. If frozen foods still have ice crystals, they can be refrozen. Any food that was touched by floodwaters— even canned food— should be thrown out.
-Look out for mold. Follow the recommended steps for cleaning mold growth.
-Check your water supply. If you have municipal water, run your faucet for at least five minutes before using it. If you have a well that touched flood water, follow steps to disinfect it.

Crews will continue working throughout Friday to improve roadway conditions, Check said.