Friday, April 19, 2013
The village did not experience any reported backups or street flooding, despite more than three inches of rainfall in a 24-hour period.
Whitefish Bay sewers were able to withstand heavy rainfall Wednesday and Thursday without any problems, according to village officials. The MMSD rain gauge at Shorewood DPW recorded 3.2 inches of rain from 11 a.m. Wednesday to 11 a.m. Thursay, said Village Engineer Dan Naze. Despite the storm being categorized as a once-in-five years storm recurrence, no basement backups or street flooding were reported to Village Hall. Crews measured the rain flow in about 20 sanitary and sewer manholes –mostly south of Fairmount Avenue – and found moderate to high sanitary flows in all of them. Several of the sanitary pipes were flowing full or were nearly full, Naze said. Naze said there was a large amount of clear water in the sanitary laterals in …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Flood watches and warnings are in effect throughout Southeastern Wisconsin, some lasting until Friday. Officials are keeping watch on area rivers as they continue to rise, approaching or surpassing flood stages.
The rain that just keeps coming is causing trouble throughout the Milwaukee area, from to sewage dumping. JSOnline has a roundup of road closures throughout the Milwaukee area. Travel Midwest has a congestion map that shows incidents and traffic speeds in the Milwaukee area. The Flood Watch for Southeastern Wisconsin through 9 p.m. Thursday evening and rainfall is expected to reach 4 inches in some areas. According to the Emergency Services Department, rivers will rise reaching a number of flood stages. Rivers that are already in flood stage will worsen, rising into moderate and major flood levels. Officials are watching the Rock, Fox, Root and Milwaukee Rivers as localized flooding caused concerns last week. The ground may be thawed, but …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Whitefish Bay's sewer system has been able to handle more than three inches of spotty rainfall since Tuesday.
Whitefish Bay officials say the sewers are still holding up, despite these early April showers. Despite three to four inches of rainfall since Tuesday, Assistant Village Engineer Aaron Jahncke said that – as of 12 p.m. Thursday – there have been no sewer backups caused by capacity issues . "We've received a pretty good amount of rain," Jahncke said. "Fortunately it’s been happening in waves, so the sewers have been able to handle it." The village has received three or four reports of sewer backups caused by private lateral deficiencies, however. These lateral deficiencies, often caused by root intrusions, result in large amounts of rain water seeping into foundation drains and causing basement backups. Although some streets have seen small…
Sunday, October 28, 2012
While the East Coast will get the brunt of the huge storm, the weather system also is prompting a gale warning on Lake Michigan in southeastern Wisconsin, with wind gusts on land expected to be up to 40 mph.
As Hurricane Sandy makes its way across the east coast on Monday, National Weather Service officials say residents of the Midwest should be prepared for continually growing winds and high waves on Lake Michigan. A small craft advisory is in effect through Monday evening, with wind gusts expected to be between 25 and 38 mph on the lake, according to NWS Meteorologist Morgan Brooks. A gale warning takes effect Monday night and will last through Tuesday night, with winds between 39 and 54 mph over the lake. "Basically, as Sandy moves closer to the shore and makes landfall it's going to ... affect us," she said. "Already you can see it a bit over Lake Michigan. The winds are expected to increase as Sandy moves." Waves are expected to get to 4 …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The two inspection projects will identify which sanitary laterals and which downspouts are unnecessarily burdening the village's sanitary sewer system with rain water.
Whitefish Bay trustees agreed to move forward with recommendations aimed at eliminating rain water from the sanitary sewer system through a village-wide downspout disconnection program and a lateral replacement program on the south side of the village. Cameras used to identify leaky laterals The private sanitary sewer lateral inspection and replacement program will start in an area of 390 homes between Glendale Avenue and Hampton Road, from Diversey Boulevard to Bartlett Avenue. The televised inspection could begin as soon as this summer. By televising the sewer lines, the village will find out which laterals need to be replaced, which need to be re-lined and which laterals need no repair. The cost of partially lining a lateral is …
Computer program will show where existing pipes lie, and the areas where new pipes could potentially be installed.
The Whitefish Bay Village Board decided months ago to move forward with the most intensive level of storm sewer upgrades possible, but due to the large size of the pipes prescribed in the plan, engineers first have to determine if those pipes can even fit in the ground. To determine the size and location of the existing pipes underground, the village is purchasing software that will create three-dimensional maps of underground infrastructure using utility data that is already being used as part of the GIS system purchased last year. Village Engineer Dan Naze said the computer-aided drafting (CAD) program would shows any conflicts with implementing the most aggressive solution, which would protect homes from a 500-year storm similar to the …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
With $312,000 contract, civil engineering firm aims to have the storm water solutions planned by next fall.
The Whitefish Bay Village Board voted Monday night to pay a civil engineering firm as much as $312,000 to design storm water management tools in the southwest portion of the village. The board unanimously approved the contract with Crispell Snyder, the civil engineering firm that conducted the study of the southwestern drainage basin, which is roughly bordered by Ardmore Avenue on the east, Henry Clay Street on the north, Shoreland Avenue on the west and Glendale Avenue on the south. The consultants presented their $5 million storm water management plan in January, saying the plan could take up to nine years to implement, with most of the construction being done in the first four years. The project would lower the grade of the western …
Monday, August 22, 2011
But consultants' estimates presented Monday don't include cost of fixing sanitary sewers.
More than a year after a deluge of rain water pummeled Whitefish Bay, consultants hired to fix sewer problems in the village delivered their preliminary findings to more than 50 residents Monday night. During their presentation at Cumberland School, consultants Donohue and Associates recommended the village replace its storm sewers to accomodate heavier rainfall, as well as create a retention area in Cahill Park to store some of the stormwater. The price tag associated with the project depends on the level of protection the Village Board decides upon at a future meeting. For $23 million in construction costs, consultant Steve Stricklen of Donohue said enough storm sewers could be replaced to keep village streets dry if 3.8 inches of rain …
Friday, July 22, 2011
Meteorologists explain the perfect storm that led to massive new control efforts.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Jim Price
Friday, July 22, 2011
One year ago today, July 22, 2010, at just after 5 p.m., the skies blackened, huge swirling clouds rolled over the north metro Milwaukee area, and torrential rain began to pour down. The water came so fast that even areas of high ground were swamped. That water simply could not run off nearly as fast as it was coming down. The flood that followed will remain a powerful memory for the thousands whose homes and businesses were swamped and for those who were caught out in it, trapped in cars for hours on inundated freeways and city streets. The flood also wrought permanent changes in Milwaukee and its suburbs. Soon afterward, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, under fire from the whole north half of its service area, announced a 10…
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
No basement backups reported Monday, and fingers are crossed as storms are expected to continue through Wednesday.
Whitefish Bay seemingly came out of Monday’s flash flood without any sewer backups or significant road closures. Assistant Village Manager Matt Schuenke said there were no reports of sewer backups Monday, despite about 2.5 inches of rain coming down within about one hour in the morning. Schuenke said Village Engineer Dan Naze has likened Monday’s flash flood to a five-year flood. While there were reports of standing water on the southern blocks of Santa Monica Boulevard, Schuenke said none of the roads in the village were impassable at any point. Weather reports show the rainstorms are expected to continue tonight and into tomorrow.