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Clean Up In Milwaukee Continues


MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - A dirty clean-up continues after last week’s massive floods in metro Milwaukee. Almost six-thousand city residents reported water damage in their basements. 26 hundred asked for free pick-ups of flood debris.

And 35 hundred people received clean-up kits from the Red Cross and the Milwaukee Health Department that included things like mops and bleach. They ran out of kits for a third straight day, and more are due to arrive this week.

Meanwhile, the medical examiner’s office confirmed the identity of the only person who died in the storm. 19-year-old Kyle Prelesnik of Cudahy accidentally drove his car into Milwaukee’s Lincoln Creek during the height of the storm on Thursday night in which parts of the city got up to eight inches of rain.

Prelesnik’s body was found on Saturday night. And one of the two Milwaukee women struck by lightning on Thursday night left the hospital yesterday. 30-year-old Stephanie Boyce was sent home. Her 25-year-old sister Mary was still in critical condition at last word.

Meanwhile, sewage overflows continued yesterday in Milwaukee’s system, as the area’s Deep Tunnel was re-opened. The metro sewerage district plans to meet with community leaders and other officials soon about the basement back-ups.

And crews kept working to fill in the giant sinkhole that swallowed an SUV just north of Milwaukee’s downtown. Officials now say it could take six weeks to fill the hole and pave it over.