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St. Croix County hit hard by flooding

Published: Jun. 29, 2020 at 6:33 PM CDT
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - St. Croix County has declared a state of emergency due to the flooding.

The declaration gives the county the authority to close or clear roads and to utilize state resources. One of the hardest-hit areas by the stormy weather is the Village of Baldwin, where flooding and wind caused damage to homes in the area. Janis Rose says she and her husband have lived in their house for almost six years. Monday, she says received a call no home-owner wants to receive.

“The village called me to say the sewage system had failed,” Rose says. “That’s what happened, it couldn’t keep up with it.”'

One of the hardest-hit areas by the stormy weather is the Village of Baldwin, where flooding and wind caused damage to homes in the area.
One of the hardest-hit areas by the stormy weather is the Village of Baldwin, where flooding and wind caused damage to homes in the area.(WEAU)

Rose says she woke up to about three inches of sewage in her basement.

“For my insurance purposes i needed to know was it flooding or sewage,” Rose says. “You could tell in my basement it was definitely sewage. He said the sewer system just could not keep up with this amount of water.”

Next door to Rose, 26-year-old Brandon Grognet woke up with a different kind of damage.

“I woke up about 4:30 or 5:00 a.m. to go to work and there was a tree on my house,” he says.

In response to the county wide flooding, St. Croix County board chair David Peterson declared a state of emergency.

“This isn’t the first time this creek or whatever you want to call it has been up over the banks, onto the road,” Rose says. “We just never have had it.”

“There was people floating down the street this morning at 5 o’clock,” Grognet says It was bad.”

Down the street, mobile homes were shifted off their concrete foundations and small sheds were moved by the surging water. Elsewhere in Baldwin, Bill Bennis' basement filled up with water after his egress window collapsed. Bennis says his sump pump was unable to keep up with the rising water levels. Now, Grognet and Rose say they will try to get the damage cleaned up and move on.

“It’s not something you plan for, for sure,” Rose says.

“I’ve got to call into some friends of mine to see what we can do about it,” Grognet says. “It could have been a lot worse.”

St. Croix county emergency management is utilizing united way 2-1-1 for disaster assessment.

If your home or business was impacted by flooding, dial 2-1-1 to report damage, request shelter and request support to help with debris management. For more information, click here.

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