Waukesha County

Flooding


Current Flood Information

Wisconsin Department of Transportation - Travel Information (Statewide road closures)

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Flood Information - Includes dam updates, assuring the safety of your drinking water and managing debris and waste (including sandbags) after the flood.

National Weather ServiceFlood Safety Tips and Resources


Coping with Flooding

Major floods in Wisconsin tend to occur either in spring when melting snow adds to normal runoff or in summer or early fall after intense rainfalls. Flooding can occur after a slow build-up of water causes a river or stream to overflow its banks, or it can occur very rapidly with little notice. Floods can cause loss of life and severe damage to homes, buildings, crops, and roads.

Owners of homes in flood prone areas should purchase flood insurance protection for their homes through an insurance agent. Buying flood insurance to cover the value of a building and its contents will not only provide greater peace of mind, but will also speed recovery if a flood occurs. You can call 1-888-FLOOD29 (1-888-356-6329) to learn more about flood insurance or visit FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program page.

If your home is damaged during a flood, you need to be concerned with the structural integrity of the home, electrical safety, food safety, removal and prevention of mold and mildew, and removal and replacement of your home’s damaged contents. You should contact your insurance agent to discuss claims and listen to local media outlets for information about assistance the federal or state government or other organizations may be offering.

Basic Safety Tips for Clean-up

  • Always wear waterproof gloves and boots while cleaning a flood-damaged house.
  • Never turn on a wet electric appliance. Be careful before using any electrical appliance in a flood-damaged house.
  • Throw out fresh or frozen food that has come into contact with floodwater.
  • Thoroughly disinfect food contact sources, such as dishes, countertops, refrigerators, and pantry shelves.
  • Remove carpeting and padding that has been saturated with floodwater.
Other Resources

Ready Wisconsin Natural Disasters Information (Select the Flooding tab in the Natural Disaster section for more information)

The Red Cross’s Flood Safety page provides further information about flood safety, supplies, insurance, and cleanup.

The Red Cross offers Food Cleanup/Safety Tips for those returning and repairing their homes after a flood. Both their checklist for returning home and their detailed booklet on repairing a flood damaged home are offered in English and Spanish.

The EPA offers a poster and more detailed booklet in English and Spanish that give simple instructions for safely cleaning your home after a flood.

For more information on flood insurance please visit FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program page.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services link to Flood Hazards and Recovery

The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer more good information on Flood Safety and Preparedness.

UW-Extension recommendations on Safely Using Produce from Flooded Gardens.

Reducing Mosquitos
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services offers information on reducing mosquitos and protecting yourself against bites.
Water Wells and Sampling
If you are concerned that a flood may have affected your private well, you can get a water test collection kit from the Environmental Health Division several ways:

Call (262) 896-8300 to order a kit using your Visa/MasterCard.
Cost $25.00 + $2.00 postage and handling = $27.00

Mail a check with your return address (payable to "Waukesha County") to Environmental Health Division, 515 W. Moreland Blvd., Room AC 260, Waukesha, WI 53188.
Cost $25.00 + $2.00 postage and handling = $27.00

Pick up a kit at our office during regular hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the address above.
Cost $25.00

If your water sample analysis result is unsafe, the Waukesha County Environmental Health Division will resample your water supply and inspect the visible well construction. Any pump installation deficiencies will require correction.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Recommendations for Private Wells Inundated by Flooding and a Well Disinfection Procedure.