MMSD: Water Drop Alert still in effect due to severe storms

Updated: 08/11/2021 11:08 AM

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) said the Water Drop Alert they issued on Sunday, Aug. 8.is still in effect on Wednesday, Aug. 11 due to severe storms.

Officials say the water reclamation facilities are still working to process the storm water from this week. 

"it takes time for water to leave your house, get through the sewer system, and then get treated at the plant," MMSD posted on Facebook. "Plus we have to treat all the water held in the deep tunnel!"

Officials say by using less water during rain events, MMSD can help protect Lake Michigan and keep water out of basements. Officials say do not go into a basement with standing water due to electricity dangers. 

"Wait for the water to drain out of the basement before entering," MMSD said. "Or, call a qualified electrician to disconnect the power before you enter a flooded basement."

You can sign up for Water Drop Alerts by texting WATERDROP to 414-296-4422.

The risk for severe weather has increased for Wednesday. CBS 58 is tracking severe thunderstorms just south of the border in northern Illinois. Some of those storms could clip southern counties of Walworth and Kenosha as they get closer to our local area. All of southeast Wisconsin has been upgraded to the enhanced risk for severe weather (level 3 of 5) which is the same level we were at on Tuesday. 


Published: 08/08/2021 09:30 AM

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) issued a Water Drop Alert on Sunday, Aug. 8.

The Water Drop Alert urges area residents to use less water during heavy rainfall to reduce the risk of basement backups and sewer overflows. The alert came after a combined sewer overflow that began at 2 a.m. on Sunday. 

Officials say try to use less water by holding off on washing dishes, to do the laundry a different day, and to take a shorter shower.

Additional heavy rain and storms are possible Sunday. Storm with downpours are expected later in the afternoon and evening. 

You can sign up for Water Drop Alerts by texting WATERDROP to 414-296-4422.


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