More rain makes Mequon/Thiensville residents nervous
THIENSVILLE/MEQUON (WITI) -- More rain fell on Wednesday, April 17th and was set to continue on Thursday -- making residents north of Milwaukee nervous.
Lori Schaefer surveyed the situation in the backyard of her Thiensville business on Wednesday, April 17th, as more rain fell in the area. That backyard remains lined with sandbags, after a contractor placed them for protection from rising water last week.
"They're still here now because I heard that it was supposed to rain the rest of the week. We are going to leave them out until we are sure there won't be water rising again," Schaefer said.
Schaefer says the measure is precautionary after she has seen her daycare center take in water in year's past.
"I thought I'd just be safe. Rather safe than sorry, and get the sandbags down," Schaefer said.
Andy LaFond is the Village of Thiensville's Director of Public Works. He estimates roughly 700 sandbags have been picked up Wednesday by Thiensville business and homeowners -- even as the village expects to get less rain than originally anticipated these next couple of days.
"The water's come and gone many times, so they know the drill. We're still taking all measures to be ready and aware and ready to mobilize with anything we need," LaFond said.
Including the barricades, which LaFond says were not needed following last week's thorough soaking.
"We did fantastic last week. We had no business closures, no road closures in Thiensville," LaFond said.
In neighboring Mequon, residents of Shoreland Drive are hoping they, too can keep the closures away. If not, they may have something of a precipitation party.
"One year, 11 o'clock at night, we were all down there having a party in the street because that’s as far as we could get down this way," Nancy Johnson said.