Water seeps into first floor of some Rib Mountain homes

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RIB MOUNTAIN, Wis. (WSAW) -- Flooding has become so severe in some Rib Mountain neighborhoods, water has come up through the basement into the home’s first floor.

Bat. Chief John Lauer with the SAFER fire department said the neighborhood behind their station appears to be one of the hardest hit.

"We're talking about water in the basements all the way up to the ceiling and in some cases all the way out of their basement into their first floors," said Lauer.

Lauer said they cannot even get to some of the homes because the roads are so flooded.

"Checking up on these residents to make sure that if they are home, to let them know the safest way to be in their house. Not to use appliances," said Lauer.

"I've never seen it like this before, but we never had a winter like this before either," said David Osterman, a resident of Rib Mountain. "I feel for the neighbors. I wish that I could help out but what can you do? Mother Nature."

Residents in the area are taking the necessary precautions, as some of the homes have flooded while others are still safe.

"She mentioned that she had six to seven inches in her basement, and had already ripped out carpet and trim and that it was just continuing to flood," said Amanda Stichter, a resident of Rib Mountain. "We have the sandbags. Obviously, we've just been keeping a very close watch on the water outside. We do have our furniture and everything in the basement. We're starting to move that upstairs or things have already been put up on risers."

The amount of snow, the warm days, and covered drains created significant issues in Rib Mountain and other parts of the state.