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North Shore residents watching Milwaukee River level closely

MEQUON (WITI) — Although the rain had stopped on Monday, April 14th — this weekend’s rains led to flooding concerns — and Flood Warnings were issued for five counties: Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine and Sheboygan, as officials monitored flooding concerns along the Fox River, the Root River, the Milwaukee River and the Sheboygan River.

The water was visibly higher along the Milwaukee River near Cedarburg Road on Monday. It caused some road closures in areas that are prone to flooding, and residents living nearby tried to prepare as best they could.

A weekend of rain caused concern on Monday for those living near area rivers — like the Milwaukee River.

“It started real light, and then it picked up. I was worried we were going to get really bad flooding,” Gerry Johnson said.

Johnson lives near Island Drive and Shoreland Parkway in Mequon.

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Roads closed in Ozaukee Co. as officials monitor flooding

OZAUKEE COUNTY (WITI) — The Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office’s Division of Emergency Management has been monitoring water levels since the start of the first round of rain this weekend. Officials expect the Milwaukee River to crest at around 13.5 feet in the area of County Highway C (Pioneer Road) some time on Tuesday, April 15th. Officials have closed roads in Ozaukee County due to flooding.

Ozaukee County Sheriff’s officials say: “While we do not have point forecasts for river crest levels for other points on the river or other waterways in the county, we believe most will experience at least some high water and low area flooding.”

Folks are encouraged to stay informed by monitoring National Weather Service and local media broadcasts for up to the minute information.

Highway W in Saukville shut down due to high water after heavy rains

SAUKVILLE (WITI) — Quickly rising waters are causing concern, especially for those living near the Milwaukee River. In Saukville, it’s not just the fact that the water is rising that’s causing concern — it’s the speed at which it’s happening.

Residents living near the river say the water is quickly invading their yards and the surface of the river is getting close to nearby bridges.

“I was kind of surprised when I looked out and it was daylight and I saw all that water and birds swimming around in my backyard,” said Jacki VanKammen who lives right next door to the back waters of the Milwaukee River. “It’s all over in the wetlands and behind my house, creeping up into my backyard.”

Homeowners aren’t the only ones affected. Many drivers had to take a detour on Monday, April 14th — when Highway W closed due to high standing water.

More rain Sunday brings flooding concerns, especially north of Milw.

THIENSVILLE (WITI) — A Flood Watch is in effect for the FOX6 viewing area through Monday morning, April 14th at 10:00 a.m. — and with more rain on the way, flooding is a concern in many areas — especially north of Milwaukee.

In Thiensville, after Saturday’s rain, the ground is saturated and that means flooding is once again a concern.

The Milwaukee River was rushing on Sunday in Mequon, Thiensville and Cedarburg.

To many in the area, it appeared to be getting higher as the afternoon turned to evening.

“I was here three days ago, and the river was three feet lower. I was going to go fishing, but you can’t get to shore. There is quite a bit of water just coming through, and I did not expect it at all,” Steve Schopp said.

Bayside home suffers attic fire; fire officials find no smoke detectors inside

BAYSIDE (WITI) – North Shore Fire/Rescue officials say a man and two pets were able to safely evacuate a burning home on Sunday morning, April 13th. Officials say there were no smoke detectors present inside the home.

The 911 call came in around 7:30 a.m. from a resident of a home on N. Tennyson Drive in Bayside advising smoke coming from the roof.

The officials first on the scene found smoke showing from the roof of the home. Those crews first on the scene requested the alarm be upgraded to bring in additional resources.

Fire crews initiated an aggressive attack on the fire that is believed to have started in the attic.

The fire was quickly brought under control and extinguished.

No one was injured.

North Shore Fire/Rescue officials say additional crews were requested to the scene because Bayside has no fire hydrants — so a water shuttle operation using water tankers was implemented.

Usher to headline at Summerfest on Sunday, July 6th

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. officials announced the ninth major show slated for Summerfest 2014.  Usher with special guest Bebe Rexha will headline the Marcus Amphitheater on Sunday, July 6. Milwaukee will be User’s only stop in the U.S. this summer.

Usher is getting ready to release his much anticipated eighth studio album that is due out Fall 2014.  He will also star as boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming film “Hands of Stone,” a biopic of boxer Roberto Duran played by Edgar Ramirez that co-stars Robert De Niro due out late 2014.  Usher is also currently enjoying his second season as a coach on NBC’s Emmy award winning hit reality TV show “The Voice.”

Brown Deer police say death of Ronnie Johnson ruled a suicide

BROWN DEER (WITI) — Brown Deer police have announced the death of Ronnie Johnson has been ruled a suicide. Johnson’s body was discovered inside his home on North 63rd Street after a fire occurred there on the morning of December 30th, 2013.

Brown Deer police say the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on Johnson and determined the manner of death in this case is suicide.

Police say the exact cause of the fire could not be determined — but police say ignitable fluids were located in atypical areas — which could indicate the fire may have been intentional.

Johnson was accused of sexually abusing students for more than a decade. He was set to stand trial in the case against him. Johnson faced a slew of criminal charges including sexual assault of a child under 13 years of age, repeated sexual assault of a child and child enticement.