July 15, 2008

Weekend Rains Cause Flooding in Walworth and Rock Counties

By Sharif Durhams, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Jul. 15--Most victims of last month's flooding are drying out, but in some Walworth and Rock county neighborhoods, the water is still coming in.

In Margie Slyck's neighborhood on Laurie Court in the Village of Walworth, one neighbor was pumping water out of the basement Monday, while another was setting up a room in the garage. Other neighbors have sandbagged, and water has drenched Slyck's front yard.

Village crews were planning to pump water away from her neighborhood later in the day.

"It looks like we have lakefront property," she said.

Storms last weekend that brought less than an inch of rain to most of southeastern Wisconsin dumped three inches or more in parts of those counties, residents and public officials said.

Some of the most extensive damage occurred south of Walworth in the Village of Darien, where streets flooded, a pumping station was overwhelmed and water poured into the town's senior center. A lightning strike took out computers at the police station and in some village offices, village Clerk-Treasurer Connie Machi said.

The rain also flooded roads and forced the temporary closure of at least three state highways, said Kevin Williams, a lieutenant with the Walworth County Sheriff's Department who oversees emergency management issues.


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