Storms cause flooding in parts of NE Wisconsin

FOX 11  –  News  published : Thursday, 03 May 2012, 2:13 AM

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The storms are causing flash flooding in the city of Oshkosh. The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department says the flooding is beginning to affect Highway 41 near the Butte des Morts Bridge and Witzel Avenue.Some streets on the North side of Oshkosh are also closing because of high water.The National Weather Service says some areas have already seen 2″ of rain.

Winnebago County is under a flash flood warning until 5 a.m.

Calumet and Manitowoc counties are under a flash flood warning until 6 a.m.

The National Weather Service says excessive runoff from this storm will cause significant flooding of small creeks, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses, as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots. The NWS advises: Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway.  The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. This is a dangerous situation, so motorists should use extreme caution. Report flooding to the nearest law enforcement agency so they may take appropriate action to close flooded roadways.  They will relay your report to the National Weather Service in Green Bay.

Do you know what to do if your community is hit with flooding or if your home floods?  Check out these preparedness tips – Click HERE 

American Red Cross Announces Nurse Assistant Training

The local American Red Cross is expanding its health and safety training to include a Nurse Assistant Training program to residents throughout the greater Fox Valley. The state-approved program prepares students to become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in the state of Wisconsin. Classes will be offered every other month at the Oshkosh location beginning in March.

 When: March 12-29, Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Where: American Red Cross (Tower West Building), 515 South Washburn St., Oshkosh

Clinicals:  April 2-5 or April 9-12, Monday-Thursday 6:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Bethel Homes, Oshkosh

State Exam:  May 3, 2012 at 7:30 a.m.

Class Size:  Class sizes are limited to 12-16 students per session. Early registration is highly recommended as it’s on a first-registered basis.

The comprehensive 120-hour course curriculum includes a classroom, lab and practical learning experience that offers future healthcare professionals the necessary knowledge and skills to provide quality care for elderly or sick individuals in nursing homes, hospitals and at home.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the number of jobs for Certified Nurse Assistants inWisconsinis projected to grow by 38 percent during the 2008-2018 time period, with an average of 1,000 job openings each year.

“We are seeing significant growth in the Wisconsin healthcare industry due to an aging baby-boomer population, which increases the need for certified nurse assistants, home health aides and registered nurses,” said Paulene Kipke, Certified Nursing Assistant Training Manager forEastern Wisconsin. “We’re excited to offer this training opportunity for those interested in starting a healthcare career. With the growing healthcare job market, these skills will always be in demand.”

Course topics include helping people stay independent; taking temperature, pulse and respiration; understanding and helping patients in pain; understanding human development; being sensitive to patients; improving communication skills; understanding medical terms and launching a career as a nurse assistant.

The Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training program is also available inGreen BayandWaupaca,WI.

Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Monday, February 20 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. for those interested in learning more about the program.Toursof the classroom and lab space will also be available. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 2:00 p.m.

For more information or to register for a class, call (920) 231-3590 or toll free at (888) 231-3590.  

 About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

Second Graders at Franklin Elementary Honor Teacher

My daughter had the pleasure of being in Donna Forbes last 2nd grade class at Franklin Elementary School in Oshkosh. She shared her love of giving with our children. She volunteers many hours for the American Red Cross and for a retirement present we asked the children and families to give what they could. We raised $295.00. The picture is of the class presenting Mrs. Forbes with a surprise check to donate to the American Red Cross.

Sandy J.


Thank you to Westside Tire in Oshkosh for being a Hero to the Red Cross.

In photo: (l-r) Dan Morrill, Chapter Board Member, Travis Duchatschek, Owner, Westside Tire and Steve Hansen, Regional Director

Volunteers named to Red Cross board of directors

For The Reporter • November 14, 2010 

Twenty-seven volunteers have accepted positions on the American Red Cross of East Central Wisconsin Chapter board of directors.

Through recent consolidation of the Fond du Lac, Neenah-Menasha and the East Central Wisconsin chapters, local volunteers continue to have a voice as programs and services work down the street, across the country and around the world.

Board members serve on a voluntary basis and are dedicated to assisting and furthering the Red Cross mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

The board’s responsibilities include adhering to national standards, strategic planning, overseeing services and programs, fundraising and evaluating the chapter executive. In addition, they also serve on one or more board committees including Executive, Philanthropy, Nominating, Finance, and Service Delivery.

The Executive Committee includes Board Chair John Schorse of Envision Retirement Planning LLC, who also serves as the Regional Advisory Council chair; Vice Chair Eileen Leinweber, a retired health-care professional; Secretary Pam Hillen of Theda Care); Amy Sitter of Baker Tilly; Dan Morrill of Servant Insurance; Kevin Greek of Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue; and Rick Parks of Society Insurance.

Additional members of the board of directors include: Barbara Beuscher of UW Oshkosh Foundation; Diane Cappazzo, Fond du Lac County Health Department; Nancy Clark, Foth Companies; Tim Cook, Clarity Care; Mike Drees, Affinity Health; Mary Hansen, health-care professional; Barb Jansky, American Bank; Vicki Jenks, musician; Jack Klein, Lowe’s Home Centers; Andrea Koch, M&I Bank; Tim Lamers, Citizen’s First Credit Union — Business Lending Group; Patty Lorfeld, Affinity Health; Julie Malueg, J.J. Keller; Karyn Merkel, Charter Communications; Mike Parmentier, Edgarton, St. Peter, Petak & Rosenfeldt; Lisa Piikkila, Coalesce Inc.; David Sakrison, Sakrison Communications; Mike Starshak, Trust Wisconsin; Stephen Walbert, retired from AT&T; and Kevin Harrison, will also be an adjunct board member through the Leadership Oshkosh program and through his employer, GE Gas & Oil.

The East Central Wisconsin Chapter serves residents of Florence, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, upper one-third of Marinette, Marquette, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago counties in Wisconsin and Dickinson County in Michigan.

WLUK Fox 11 – Live Shots: Water still high in Oshkosh


OSHKOSH – The storms that rolled through yesterday and overnight in Northeast Wisconsin dropped about 4″ of rain in Oshkosh.

FOX 11’s Angela Kelly spent Thursday morning in Oshkosh where many areas are still flooded.

Sawyer Creek in Oshkosh is swollen this morning, due to the heavy rain.

The creek has now overflowed into parts of the Westhaven neighborhood, including a large area behind Mercy Medical Center.

Gary Troxell, an employee at Mercy Medical Center walks to work everyday, and was surprised by what he saw Thursday morning.

“I was expecting the creek to be swollen, but not this bad,” said Troxell.

Parts of Westhaven Golf Course are also under water due to the swollen creek.


The American Red Cross plans to send teams out this morning to do damage assessments across Winnebago County.

Crews will also be delivering clean-up kits to residents throughout the county who need them.

Nick Cluppert, Emergency Services Manager for the Red Cross in Oshkosh, says most affected residents have flooding and or water damage in their basements, but there are some reports of trees that have fallen on homes.

There are several streets under water in Oshkosh as well, many of which experienced flooding in 2008.

Cluppert says those streets include 9th, 20th, Ohio, Clay and Jackson.

Damage appears to be mostly basement flooding.


Steve Hansen, the Northeast Wisconsin Regional Chapter Executive for the American Red Cross was in Oshkosh Thursday morning as well.

“I don’t think there is any area of Northeast Wisconsin that wasn’t affected by this storm,” said Hansen.

Hansen says they could hand out 300-500 clean-up kits to residents throughout the region. The kits include brooms, a squeegee, bleach, bags and other supplies.

Call your local Red Cross chapter if you are in need of one.