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City of Waupun continues storm recovery

August 31, 2018

This substantial maple tree barely missed some playground equipment at Johnson's West End Park in Waupun. A severe storm Tuesday caused damage throughout the city, which has kept city and utility crews -- assisted by local citizens -- busy with cleanup in the days since.

WAUPUN — The city of Waupun continues to recover after declaring a state of emergency from Tuesday’s strong thunderstorms.

“As of this morning, an estimated 10 residential customers remain without power and crews are working to troubleshoot those remaining issues with property owners,” said City Administrator/Director of Economic Development Kathy Schlieve.

Randy Posthuma, general manager of Waupun Public Utilities, said that the balance of the day was spent on troubleshooting those issues and assessing the situation. He anticipates calling for additional mutual aid support from other public utilities in the WPPI network to return to Waupun Friday to further stabilize the system by addressing things such as broken utility pole replacement and branch removal from overhead lines.

Customers without power are reminded to call 920-324-9720 to report power outages.

A shelter at the Brandon Elementary School, 200 W. Bowen St., Brandon, remains open for residents who are unable to remain in their homes. As of Thursday morning, Fond du Lac Street was reopened. Gateway Drive and a small portion of Franklin Street remain closed.

Department of Public Works crews are working on the north and northwest quadrants of the city on brush cleanup. Residents should continue to move brush curbside for pickup or can haul brush to the city garage, 903 N. Madison St. Dumpsters continue to be available to dispose of household items damaged by the storm and can be accessed at the city garage.

“The National Weather Service in Sullivan reported that an additional .5 to 1.5 inches of rain is expected in the area over the next three days, with much of that rain falling in a period between today evening and Saturday,” Schlieve said.

She said in anticipation of more flooding, sandbags will be available for residents Friday at the city garage. Additional bags and sand will be available for residents to fill as needed.

All residents of the city of Waupun who have damage to their property as a result of this disaster should call 211 to report the damage.

“The city has had an increased call volume from homeowners seeking help with tree removal and repairs and is currently working to establish a way to match volunteers to need,” Schlieve said.

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