Update on Emergency Situation in Waupun
The City of Waupun is issuing another Emergency Update this morning:
Residents who need assistance with cleanup of storm damage are instructed to call 2-1-1 to report damage and request assistance. The form that the City of Waupun provided to register requests is being discontinued at this time. All requests registered on that form have been forwarded to the proper channels to initiate the request for help. The United Way of Fond du Lac County is receiving all requests and deploying volunteers throughout the county to provide assistance. A specialized assistance team will be doing drive around assessments today so residents are encouraged to contact 2-1-1 as soon as possible to make their requests.
Groups who wish to volunteer should call the United Way at 920-921-7010 to register and receive deployment information. If you receive voicemail when you call, please leave a message and you will receive a return call. Groups are able to designate a specific service area that they wish to work within.
As of 4:30 a.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018, the National Weather Service in Sullivan provided an update regarding severe weather and flash flooding potential through this weekend. They report an increase in chances for severe weather, mainly tonight with damaging winds noted as the main threat on top of flash flooding potential. Sandbags are available for resident pickup at the City Garage located at 903 N Madison Street and residents are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Sand bags are available on a first come, first served basis and additional bags and sand will be available for residents to fill as needed.
The Department of Public Works requests citizen support in keeping storm inlets free of debris to minimize local flooding hazards. According to Jeff Daane, Director of Public Works, there is a lot of leaves and debris in the streets. If residents observe flooding near storm inlets, they can assist DPW in controlling flooding by clearing debris from storm inlets.
At 8:30 a.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018, the Waupun Public Utilities reports that a small number of homes are without power. Those homeowners are waiting for electricians to make repairs so that electrical service can be reconnected. Randy Posthuma, Waupun Public Utilities General Manager expects all customers to be back online by this afternoon. As part of a mutual aid response, Hartford Public Utilities returned to Waupun with specialized equipment early this morning and is working on final backyard repairs. Customers without power are reminded to call 920-324-7920 to report power outages.
The City of Waupun will provide their next update by 4 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018.