Save the date! Annual severe weather safety & spotter training will be on April 30. Monroe Fire Dept will host the 12:30pm class and South Wayne Fire Dept will host the class at 6:30pm. No prior registration is necessary this year.
This morning's speaker at the Gov. Conference is Manuel Soto, City of Orlando Fl. speaking about the shooting and the community's recovery to the Pulse Nightclub tragedy.
Many roads in Green County remain closed or have flood water over them. Jason Griffin with Beloit Fire Department and a member of the Swift Water Rescue Team explains how dangerous flood water is in this link; http://www.nbc15.com/video?vid=474915633
Members of swift water rescue teams from South Beloit/City of Beloit, Grant & Lafayette Counties assembled at the Brodhead Fire Dept. yesterday. They will be providing assistance if we would have more water rescues from the flooding that is occurring. Team members will be staying there in 2 shifts to provide 24 hour assistance. So far we have had 2 cars that went around the barricades and floated off the road. This is a dangerous situation for the motorist and the first responders and we greatly appreciate these teams taking time away from their jobs and families to provide their assistance and resources. A BARRICADE ACROSS THE ROAD MEANS TURN AROUND AND DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH THAT AREA.
Many roads in Green County are covered with water and have signs indicating that there is high water or they are closed. PLEASE DO NOT GO AROUND BARRICADES. This afternoon a car went around a barricade and was swept off the road by the high water. Browntown Fire Dept. had to rescue the driver. It only takes about a foot of water to float a car away! Be Safe..turn around don't drown.
The storm system that is approaching will bring heavy rainfall. Be Prepared! This has been a difficult storm system to get an accurate forecast on so please check the National Weather Service often for updated information. This difference in only 1 or 2 degrees could be the difference between rain and freezing rain!
As of 4:00 am this morning here is the latest from the National Weather Service.
Significant ice accumulations ( > 0.25") are expected northwest of a Baraboo t...o Fond du Lac line, primarily tonight and Tuesday morning. Rainfall in excess of 1.5" is expected southeast of Milwaukee to the Green county line today through Tuesday.
What has changed?
Temperature forecast has a slightly warmer trend, so only a few counties are in an Ice Storm warning at this time.
Temperatures will be very close to freezing from Madison to Sheboygan and north, so there is lower confidence in the freezing rain forecast. A difference of just 1 or 2 degrees could be the difference in rain or freezing rain, and that level of forecast accuracy is very difficult to achieve..
Where: North and west of Baraboo to Fond du Lac line, with lesser amounts in Iowa, Dane, Dodge, Washington, Ozaukee, and Sheboygan counties
What: Freezing rain and accumulating ice
When: Beginning early afternoon toward central Wisconsin, reaching a Lodi to Sheboygan line by evening, retreating north on Tuesday morning.
Impacts: Ice accumulations > 0.25" will make travel difficult. As accumulations approach 0.5", infrastructure begins to become impacted and power outages are possible.
Where: Southeast of a Monroe to Madison to Port Washington line.
What: Heavy rain and flooding. A chance of thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight.
When: Rain spreading in by late morning. Periods of rain through Tuesday afternoon or evening. Rain will be heavy at times, especially tonight.
Impacts: This much rain, coupled with the remaining snow cover will likely result in river flooding. Lowland and street flooding as also possible.
Green County along with many other counties in southern Wisconsin are under a FLOOD WATCH that will be in effect from 6:00 pm Monday, Feb. 19 until late Tuesday night.
Heavy rain is expected and with the existing snowpack and deeply frozen ground will cause rapid run off of the rain. This could cause smaller rivers and streams to reach flood stage.
For now, prepare for the potential of this heavy rain and possible flooding across southern Wisconsin during the Monday through ...Tuesday night timeframe. If flooding does occur, it would
persist through much of the week ahead.
NEVER drive though flood water as you cannot see how deep the water actually is or the condition of the road.
Be safe on the roads! Green County Deputy Allen Peters has these tips for you!
Green County along with Rock and Lafayette Counties including other counties in Illinois are under a WINTER STORM WARNING beginning at 6 PM THIS EVENING (Feb. 8) TO 6 pm Friday, Feb. 9.
* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Plan on difficult travel
conditions, including during the morning commute on Friday.
Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches are expected.
* Be prepared for significant reductions in
visibility at times.
A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather
conditions are expected. BE PREPARED! If you must travel, keep an extra
flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an
emergency. The latest road conditions for state road call or google 511.
Green County has completed the draft of a Hazard Mitigation Plan Update. The draft is available for public comment until January 19, 2018. By having this plan in place it will allow all Municipalities and the County to be able to apply for and receive federal grants for projects such as; The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Pre-Disaster Mitigation Flood Mitigation Assistance, and Severe Repetitive Loss. Some projects in Green County that have been funded from these grants are a storm shelter and detention ponds.
The plan is available for public review online at www.greencountyem.com or call the Green County Emergency Management office at 328-9416 to schedule an appointment between the hours of 8:00 am to 1:30 pm. Public Comments will be taken until January 19, 2018.
Dangerously cold temperatures and frigid wind chills remain in the forecast for much of Wisconsin through next week. Single digit highs near zero with overnight lows well below zero are expected.
Frostbite can occur on exposed skin in less than 30 minutes. Symptoms include a loss of feeling and a white or pale appearance in fingers, toes, ear tips and tip of the nose. If you see these signs, seek medical care immediately!
If your home is insufficiently heated consider visit...ing public buildings like malls, libraries and community centers. If you or if you know someone who does not have heat or is homeless please contact your local police department or Green County Sheriff’s Office at 328-9400.
Remember that heating system that burns fuel, including your gas furnace and hot water heater, will produce carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is odorless and exposure to it causes headaches, fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain, vomiting, confusion, and ultimately death. If you or someone you know experience any of these symptoms, call 911 and get out of the house to a neighbor’s home or local business. Make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
Have a Safe & Happy New Year
Unattended cooking is the leading factor in home cooking fires
When preparing your holiday dinner, make sure you keep anything that can catch on fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, towels and food packages away from your stove. Stay in your kitchen if you are frying, boiling or broiling food.
Frying poses the greatest risk of fire. If using a turkey fryer, make sure you follow the manufacturer guidelines regarding appropriate use of the appliance.
In addition, make sure you have a fire extinguisher that has an “A”, “B” and “C” rating and test your smoke alarms to make sure they are working properly.
Will you be one of the many travelers during Thanksgiving Holiday?. Before you travel, check with 511 Wisconsin for the latest traffic and road conditions. This information, along with live traffic cameras and traffic alerts, can be accessed on the 511 Wisconsin system, which includes a free mobile app, @511WI on Twitter, or the mobile-friendly site www.511wi.gov.
Job Opening! Green County Emergency Management has an opening for a 20 hour per week program assistant. Primary duties are " Maintains and updates Department files, operates
computers and other office machines daily, communicates by phone and in person with public and staff, processes documents, gathers and organizes data for Department as needed, and does such duties and responsibilities as may be assigned."
An application and further information can be found at Green County's website in the "Employment Opportunities" section at http://www.co.green.wi.gov or