A ditch at the intersection of Highway 49 and County Road A sports an innertube, perfect for high-water fun — in July or August.
A ditch at the intersection of Highway 49 and County Road A sports an innertube, perfect for high-water fun — in July or August.

   With a soar in temperatures last week Thursday and Friday, flooding proved problematic for the Green Lake area.

   Several roads were closed around the area, including County Road Q west of Fairwater; County Road J north of Green Lake; County Road T at Suglarloaf Road west of Green Lake; County Road H east of Dalton; County Road B in Kingston; and Highway 44 under the railroad bridge in Dalton.
Partial lanes also were closed on Highway 23 east of County Road W between Princeton and Green Lake.

   The Green Lake County Sheriff’s Department reported later last week Friday that some of the flooded areas were resolved, but that several other roads remained closed.

   Green Lake County Chief Deputy Sheriff Mark Putzke did note, as of press time, that he is unaware of any road closures at this time as the previous closures have been opened.

   Despite the flooding, Putzke reassured that “no major crashes or incidents were reported or responded to by our staff, however, we did assist the Green Lake County Highway Department in identifying problem areas and providing traffic control until appropriate barricades could be placed.”

   He pointed out the Fox River is still a concern as it remains above the flood stage, resulting with the “Slow No Wake” ordinance going into effect in Berlin.

   Green Lake County Health Officer Kathy Munsey also believed the Green Lake area is still at risk for more flooding “due to the high waters that remained from last fall. The marshes remain flooded, so with additional rain, we could see problems again.”

   Read the full story, including tips and steps people should follow before, during and after a flood, in the March 21, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.