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Ozaukee County Chairman declares state of emergency following heavy rainfall and flooding

OZAUKEE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Ozaukee County Chairman Lee Schlenvogt declared a state of
emergency today after another bout of heavy rainfall caused severe flooding across the county. An
emergency declaration positions Ozaukee County to seek for state and federal resources, if the situation
warrants.

The Ozaukee County Emergency Management Office, Sheriff’s Department and Public Works
Department has mobilized since the initial rain event on August 26, 2018 responding to washed‐out
roadways and citizens with water‐related issues.

Road conditions remain poor on at least some portions of many roads across Ozaukee County impacting
Interstate 43, State Highway 33, and County Trunk Highways W, KK and many local roads. Additional
rain forecasted for August 28, 2018 may exacerbate these dangerous conditions or affect other
roadways. The National Weather Service reports that 1” to 3” of rain is possible tonight with up to 4” in
localized areas. Rivers are expected to crest at flood stage Wednesday and extremely dangerous flash
flooding is possible.

The Sheriff’s Department and Ozaukee Emergency Management advises motorists not to drive in areas
where roads are marked closed, and to avoid driving through standing water.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded
roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize
the dangers of flooding. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and
streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low levels.

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