3-15-19 flooding update

Fond du Lac city and county government officials continue to work around the clock in an effort to alleviate flooding along the Fond du Lac River and allow residents back into their homes as soon as possible.   Emergency management director Bobbie Hicken says residents can dial 211 for the latest information.  Hicken says residents will be allowed to return to their homes when it is safe.  “We will work with Alliant Energy, work with the Fire Department to make that determination,”  Hicken told WFDL news.   Hicken says most of the flooding problems were caused by ice jams on the Fond du Lac River.  Fond du Lac Fire Chief Pete O’Leary says the city worked as quickly as it could to  break up the ice to get the water flowing again.  “They were out drilling holes this week in the river to try to get things going.  This is a sudden thaw which is uncharacteristic of this area,”  O’Leary told WFDL news.  O’Leary says the key is making sure that people are safe.  Meanwhile, the state patrol says a portion of Highway 175 south of Fond du lac was closed Thursday evening due to flooding.   Hwy 175 at County Highway F was closed  due to flooding over the roadway.  Traffic was rerouted on F to County Y, eastbound on Y and back to 175.

Raw footage of the flooding at Fruth Field in Fond du Lac. Wow.
Video Courtesy of Flynbi Drone Service

Aerial footage of flooding a Fruth field in Fond du Lac Wisconsin. V/C: Rick Schultz of Flynbi…