Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Multiple sinkholes reported from Monday's storm, roads damaged, Quarry Lake Park closed for time being

From The Journal Times.com:

Adam Rogan

The memorial marker to former County Board Supervisor Karen Nelson collapsed into a sinkhole at Quarry Lake Park in Mount Pleasant during Monday afternoon's storm.

RACINE COUNTY — Monday's storm, which had winds recorded above 100 mph in some places, caused multiple sinkholes in Racine County, damaging roads and forcing Quarry Lake Park to be "closed until further notice" due to "severe damage."
Sinkholes at Quarry Lake Park damaged a stone marker at the Karen A. Nelson Memorial Dog Park, the dog park named after a late County Board supervisor who died in 2010. Other sinkholes caved in grass and damaged a parking lot at the park.
As of 9:15 a.m. Tuesday morning, county staff was still assessing damage "at dams, culverts, parks and other county facilities" but the worst damage known was at Quarry Lake Park, according to County Communications Director Mark Schaaf. At that time, Schaaf said he was unaware of any injuries.
Erie Street damaged
A Facebook post from the Caledonia Police Department, posted Tuesday morning, reads: "Due to a wash out from yesterday's storm, Erie Street north of 4½ Mile Road is one lane while the Caledonia Highway Department makes repairs."
Erie Street north of 4½ Mile Road was closed Monday morning after it too was damaged in the storm. As of 9:30 a.m., the Caledonia Highway Department was working to repair it.
Cynthia Lane in Mount Pleasant
Ditches along Cynthia Lane in Mount Pleasant collapsed, causing driveway damage and leading to temporary flooding following Monday afternooon's storm.
Ditches along Cynthia Lane in Mount Pleasant collapsed, causing driveway damage and leading to temporary flooding.
A young man leans out the window of his car, trapped along South Marquette Street in Racine, as rain continued to fall late Monday afternoon. Reports of vehicles trapped in standing water at low points in roads came from throughout Racine County as a fast-moving storm, which included a tornado warning, hit southeastern Wisconsin on Monday afternoon.
Throughout the county Monday, there were numerous reports of people who tried to drive their vehicles through water-covered roadways but got stuck, including on Seven Mile Road and Highway 32 in Caledonia, and on South Marquette Street in Racine.
The number of power outages Monday surpassed 29,000 statewide, according to We Energies, with more than 13,000 of them coming in Racine County. More than half of the remaining outages in Wisconsin by 9:45 a.m. Tuesday were in Racine County, with more than 2,200 outages still remaining.

Damage, deaths across the Midwest

Two deaths have been attributed to the storm so far: one of a woman found clutching a young boy in her storm-battered mobile home in Iowa, the Associated Press reported; and a 51-year-old woman in Pevely, Missouri who died when a tree branch fell on her before 6 p.m. Monday.
In Iowa, where the storm did the most damage, 150,000 people lost power at some point.
At least one tornado was confirmed to have touched down, on the north side of Chicago.

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