PLEASANT PRAIRIE -- The Village of Pleasant Prairie revised its voluntary evacuation advisory down to a flood advisory, after the National Weather Service Tuesday afternoon, October 30th revised its projection for peak wave heights in Lake Michigan. Tuesday evening, that flood advisory was cancelled.
Officials had urged voluntary evacuations for those living in an area south of 110th Street and east of 2nd Avenue. As of Tuesday afternoon, Village officials said residents should protect or move property and belongings to a higher level, but evacuations were not necessary.
The National Weather Service in Milwaukee/Sullivan predicted high wind gusts and initially predicted wave heights approaching 18 feet. Tuesday afternoon, the NWS predicted wave heights would peak around 12 feet.
The waves were expected to reach peak height between 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Areas abutting the four creeks that drain to Lake Michigan were identified as primary areas subject to flooding and damage from this event. Water from this event was expected to run inland along the creeks.
Sue Grieshaber and her husband just installed new bamboo flooring in their home. The lakeshore residents did some prep work to protect their investment -- picking up sandbags they hoped would keep the water away from their home. The Grieshabers told FOX6 News they were relieved to hear the evacuation advisory had been revised Tuesday afternoon.
"A lot of relief. I'm going to wait and see whatever happens, but the waves they expect to be a little bit less, so that was really good news," Grieshaber said.
Village officials made sandbags available for residents Monday night through Tuesday, and the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department's Division of Emergency Management opened an Emergency Operations Center as of 6:00 a.m. Tuesday to handle any issues that may arise due to the high wind and waves.
If an emergency response is needed, individuals can call the center at (262) 925-6700.
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