Severe Weather Awareness Week: Flash Flooding
BURLINGTON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- July 2017 is one month the people of Burlington won't soon forget. Basically, water overtook their city in less than a day. Eight inches of rain fell, causing the Fox River to rise five feet above flood stage at 16 feet. The federal government estimates there was at least $10 million in damage caused to the infrastructure in the general area.
Seeing the power of water can be overwhelming and inundating to say the least. Did you realize a foot of water can move a car? This is why there's the slogan "turn around, don't drown." In other words, if you can't see the lines on the road, don't chance it. Also, if you're caught in this situation, you're advised to roll down your window as this might be the easiest way to escape since there might be too much "water" pressure going against the car door.
Also, if you live in flood-prone areas, be ready to seek higher ground in case there's flash flooding. Also, have a weather radio and keep on top of social media during severe weather. Of course CBS58's Ready Weather team will keep you posted on developments. So follow us on air or online.