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‘It’s pretty wild:’ Heavy rain prompts flooding, stranding some drivers in Milwaukee’s suburbs

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PORT WASHINGTON -- Heavy rain led to flooding across southeast Wisconsin Sunday, May 17, and among the hardest hit areas were Milwaukee's suburbs. FOX6's cameras captured flooding at Currie Park Golf Course in Wauwatosa, and rising water north of Milwaukee in Port Washington.

As rain poured over Port Washington Sunday, onlookers didn't shy away from watching the waves crash along the shoreline.

"It's pretty wild," said Jay St. Peter. "This is the second or third time this year that there's been at least 8- to 10-foot waves."

After kicking off boating season last weekend, St. Peter returned to find out if his boat was still afloat.

"Making sure it's OK, and it is," said St. Peter.

Flooding in Port Washington

He stopped to take in the force of Mother Nature.

"I grew up most of my life here, and I've seen it rough, many, many times, and it's just amazing what this lake can do," said St. Peter.

Further from the water's edge, Ozaukee County Emergency Management Director Scott Ziegler urged caution.

"Stay well back," said Ziegler. "Don't venture out onto the break walls or protection areas because you can get swept off of those and into the lake."

Flooding in Port Washington

Moving water, he warned, can be more powerful than it looks.

"Because of the weight of the water itself, and the speed it's moving, can be very deceptive," said Ziegler.

Ziegler noted at least two drivers were deceived while trying to cross under the railroad bridge near Spring Street and Sunset Road on Sunday.

Flooding in Port Washington

"As little as 6 to 12 inches can move and float a car," said Ziegler.

Ziegler said first responders helped the drivers -- their vehicles later towed. He said the incidents served as a reminder when it comes to high water.

"Very little water can actually take you off your feet," said Ziegler.

Flooding in Port Washington

Port Washington police said the drivers and their occupants were not injured.

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