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25 Campers Rescued from Wisconsin Campground

July 16, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

Click here to watch the WBAY-TV, Green Bay, telecast of the flood.

Brown County, Wis., officials evacuated 28 people from Apple Creek Campground northeast of Green Bay, Wis., Thursday (July 15) after heavy rains caused flooding up to 5 feet deep at the campground, the Green Bay Press Gazette reported.

“We’ve got a virtual lagoon created here,” said Wrightstown Fire Department Chief Mike Schampers, who assisted in the evacuation at the campground.

About 1.42 inches of rain fell in De Pere during a series of storms Wednesday afternoon and early Thursday.

The first storm moved through the Green Bay area around 4 p.m. Wednesday. A heavier storm moved through around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and a third storm hit around midnight, according to the National Weather Service station in Ashwaubenon.

Cullen Peltier, director of Green Bay Emergency Management, said he responded to a call of flooding at the Apple Creek Campground at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Shortly afterward, officials decided to evacuate the roughly 25 campers and three campground staff members. The evacuation was complete within about two hours, he said.

The Brown County Emergency Management Department, the Brown County Sheriff’s Department and the Wrightstown and Greenleaf fire departments helped in the evacuation, Peltier said.

“Very swift water” flowed through parts of the 15-acre Apple Creek Campground, and water in some places was up to 5 feet deep, Peltier said.

The Apple Creek runs through the campground, said Pam Packee, manager of the campground. The creek is usually only about 6 inches deep and has high banks in some places, but she said heavy rains caused the creek to overflow and flood parts of the campground.

The facility accommodates people camping in RVs and tents, Packee said. She said most of the campers staying at the grounds Wednesday were in RVs.

Packee said water seeped into some RVs, but was not sure what kind of damage had been done to them. The campground last had major flooding 20 years ago, Packee said.

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