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Fond du Lac emergency crews learn lessons from 2008 flooding

Posted at 6:07 PM, Mar 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-14 19:07:41-04

FOND DU LAC, Wis. — The severe flooding in Fond Du Lac has some emergency crews reminiscing about the flood that took place in 2008. They say that flood help crews prepare for a day like March 14, 2019.

The rain has since died down but all over the city roads continue to be blocked off as cruise try to limit the flooding on city streets. Those screws feel prepared to do so after 2008 when that flooding helped them learn better ways to limit damage and help people stay safe.

Although the causes of both city floods are different, the most recent flooding on Thursday was caused by rain and snow melt, people from the emergency response team in Fond du Lac County say this one is not nearly as severe as the one that hit in 2008.

Since they were exposed to severe flooding back then, it's helping them be more organized and prepared to prevent any more damage. After 2008, the emergency management team says they developed a better plan of organization with fire department, sheriff’s office and police to block off streets that have severe flooding and evacuate people in a as fast as possible in an efficient manner.

"Any event always makes you more prepared for the next one and there were lot of lessons we learn in 2008 that we were able to apply today. The biggest one is the coordination of all the resource,” says Bobbie Hicken with Fond Du Lac County Emergency Management.

Among the resources the emergency team says they got more organized over included police and fire and utility companies to make sure people stay safe and no power is lost in the area.