Wis. Emergency Management ready to respond to flood threat

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Flooding across Wisconsin remains an ongoing threat as snow and heavy rain continue to cause many rivers to rise to moderate and major flood stages.   Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) is working with local, state and federal partners to keep Wisconsin citizens safe as waters rise.

Currently, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued Flood Watch for all of southern and parts of northeast Wisconsin. In addition, Flood Warnings have posted for the Rock, Fox, Yellow, Crawfish, Trempealeau, and Black Rivers.   Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for much of northern Wisconsin.

WEM has over 500,000 sandbags prepositioned in Waukesha, Green Lake and Buffalo counties as well as at Volk Field at Camp Douglas. Many counties and local municipalities have been stockpiling sandbags, pumps and other equipment as well.   WEM also has a mobile command center, a communications trailer and a portable light/communications tower ready to deploy.

The statewide tornado drill scheduled for Thursday has been postponed to Friday due to severe weather for southeast Wisconsin.

Flood safety tips are available at http://readywisconsin.wi.gov.