Rash of heavy rains leave the state in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois

Friday, July 30th, 2010 by Marianne Koiva


Fort Atkinson, WI - Constant heavy rains, hail, and tornadoes are leaving area residents soggy and upset. 
The heavy rains and wild weather left about 15,000 residents without power over the last week, though most power has now been restored. 
Some areas reported over 8 inches of rain in just over 2 hours on Thursday, July 22nd. The City of Milwaukee received over 5,992 calls about water that was backed up in home basements and flooding damage is estimated at over 28.5 million dollars.
Due to the weather, many areas reported widespread flooding, including Milwaukee airport where all flights were grounded on July 23rd. State buildings like the Stephenson County Courthouse were also closed down. Sinkholes were also reported in at least two places. One sinkhole swallowed an entire Cadillac Escalade sports utility vehicle.
One family's home had a foundation wall collapse and the American Red Cross had to assist in relief efforts there. To date, two people in Milwaukee were struck by lightening and several tornadoes were reported in Wisconsin, with more wet weather on the way. 
Even an old weather record was broken for record rainfall in the Green Bay area. The old record was last set in 1912 with 7.46 inches of rainfall in the month of July. This year's new record is 7.84 inches and counting through the end of the month.
Area residents are hoping skies dry out soon so homes can too. To help control basement and crawl space flooding, Badger Basement Systems can help homeowners in Madison dry out basements with their basement waterproofing and crawl space repair products. Badger Basement Systems can be contacted online or by telephone at 1-844-225-3694 for a price free waterproofing estimate.
Badger Basement Systems
N1656 Hwy 12S
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
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