08/19/2020-Tempers flared at Tuesday’s Board of Public Works meeting over chronic flooding issues in Marinette. The City addressed complaints from residents in Menekaunee about street and yard flooding by pumping in the area in July and Tuesday agreed to continue that activity as needed over the next month after obtaining necessary permitting by the Wisconsin DNR. However, resident Kathy Korchek spoke out following that decision demanding more be done to solve the issue long term, including seeking the support of state resources.
Despite Korchek’s objections, Mayor Steve Genisot says a permanent solution isn’t going to happen overnight.
While local precipitation and Lake Michigan water levels are at near historic highs, the Army Corps of Engineers is predicting those lake levels will drop by between 1 and 6 inches in September and city officials hope that will offer some relief.