Red Cross Helps Assess Latest Winnebago County Flood Damage

By Emily Matesic, WBAY TV-2-Click HERE to view video

Pat Schaeve, employee of US Bank, Ready When the Time Comes volunteer doing damage assesment door-to-door in Neenah, WI.

Even though the worst part of Thursday’s storms went south, parts of the Fox Valley and Winnebago County were also hit again by heavy rains and flooding.

Debris at the curb is a familiar sight along streets in Winnebago County as the soaking rain caused flooding damage to homes yet again.

That’s where Jim Thome and a team of American Red Cross volunteers he’s leading come in, to assess the damage.

The team of four is going door-to-door, talking with residents whose homes were flooded Thursday, asking questions like how much and what kind of water seeped inside, like rain water or sewage.

“It’s mostly basement damage, and of course people that didn’t have living quarters in the basement aren’t as bad off as those who did,” Thome said.

By charting the amount of water each home in this neighborhood had, these volunteers are the first step in getting aid back to the area.

“We’ll compile the information that we have and turn it over to the red cross who may use that in the future in the case that we get a disaster relief fund going,” Thome said.

The information collected Friday will also be handed over to Winnebago County officials who will process it and turn it over to the state.

“We are going to take the information, the addresses they provide, and the level of water in the home, and we’re going to input that in a computer program which helps us calculate the dollar amount when it comes to the damage that the county has incurred,” Winnebago County Emergency Management deputy director Bill Curtis said.

Accurate numbers will help to bring assistance back to the affected areas.

Is your head in a fog lately?

Posted by: Winnebago County Emergency Management:

You may have noticed fog advisories being posted for our area. Please use the following tips when having to travel during a fog advisory:

  • If your car is equipped with fog lamps, turn them on.
  • Slow down before you enter a patch of fog.
  • Be sure that you can stop within the distance that you can see.
  • Turn on your wipers and defroster to remove moisture from the windshield.
  • Use your low-beam head-lamps whether it is day or night. (High beams reflect off the fog and can impede visibility.)
  • Use the right edge of the road or painted road markings as a guide.
  • Watch out for slow-moving and parked vehicles.
  • Do not change lanes or pass other vehicles unless absolutely necessary.
  • If you must pull off the road, signal first, then slowly and carefully pull off as far as possible.
    After pulling off the road, turn on your hazard flashers.
  • Be on the lookout for sudden changes in visibility. The patchy nature of fog will lower visibility quickly especially if you are driving fast. Visibility may be lower near rivers and lakes. Be especially cautious in school zones and watch for children and the flashing lights of school busses.