Waupun declares state of emergency, imposes curfew after storm damage
WAUPUN - The city of Waupun has declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew as it repairs damage from a storm that moved through the area Tuesday.
At approximately 4 p.m., the city was hit by strong thunderstorms that were associated with a tornado warning. Damage assessments are underway, according to City Administrator Kathy Schlieve.
A curfew will be in place from 10 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Wednesday. During the time the curfew is in order, residents are required to stay off the roadways. No entry into the city will be granted unless proof of residency is provided or for shift workers reporting to work within the city limits with their employer issued identification.
Power is out throughout the city and there are downed power lines. Citizens are reminded to stay clear of downed lines as they may still be energized. It is recommended that if electronic devices are running low on power that they are connected to a power source in a vehicle to charge those devices.
Residents are instructed to take pictures and contact their insurance company to report property damage. With sump pumps not running, residents are reminded to check their basements and move valuables to higher storage to avoid potential water damage.
Waupun Public Utility crews are assessing downed power lines and Department of Public Works crews are addressing down trees and other damages. Schlieve said officials are not aware of any injuries and have checked with all senior living and assisted care facilities as well as Waupun Memorial Hospital.
If residents are unable to stay in their home, a shelter has been opened at Brandon Elementary School, 200 W. Bowen St., Brandon. Residents who cannot self-transport are asked to call 920-324-7920 and transportation will be provided.
An Emergency Operations Center has been established at Waupun Public Utilities.