Green Bay flooding forces evacuations

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Rising water levels forced people to evacuate their homes on the east side of Green Bay early Friday morning.

Firefighters use a boat to help people to safety near Goodell St. during flooding on Friday morning, March 15, 2019. Action 2 News This Morning reported live during the rescue. (WBAY photo)

Brown County officials were evacuating neighborhoods around East Mason Street and John Street near the East River.

Our sister-station's crew on Goodell Street saw firefighters using a boat to move people from a home to an ambulance just before 7:00 a.m.

The Red Cross has opened a reception center at Preble High School in Green Bay (2222 Deckner Ave.) for people displaced/evacuated by the rising East River. Volunteers will have snacks, comfort and respite for residents.

Green Bay public/private schools are closed on Friday.

Several major roads were also closed because of flooding, Capt. Jody Lemmens said.

Those spots include off-ramps on Highway 172 at Monroe Road in Bellevue and most bridges over the East River.

Wisconsin Public Service also responded to power outages throughout the county, impacting up to 70 customers.

A "shelter in place" order was lifted early Friday morning for homes near County Highway V and Lime Kiln Road.

County engineers plan to check bridges for damage throughout the day, according to Public Works Director Paul Fontecchio, who said water is still rising in some areas.

"It's not a given that everything is going down just because you see it going down in one place," Fontecchio said.

Ice and debris will also need to be removed from many roads after the water recedes, Fontecchio said.

County leaders reminded drivers to stay off roads with barriers, even if the water level appears low.