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Monthly Bookmobile Stop in Ledgeview!

The Brown County Library Bookmobile is bringing the library right into our backyards here in Ledgeview! The Bookmobile will be stopping at the Community Center (3700 Dickinson Road) on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 5:00-7:00pm.  Be sure to come check out what this library on wheels has to offer, with something for everyone of all ages. Stop in to see what this library on wheels is all about, to borrow items with your Brown County Library card, or to apply for a library card during one of the visits.  As always, getting a library card is free if you don’t have one, just bring along a current ID or a piece of mail showing your current address.  Feel free to request specific items to be brought to one of the stops.  For more information or questions about the Bookmobile’s visits contact Jenn Koetz, 920-448-5814 or jenn.koetz@browncountywi.gov.

Ledgeview Community Center Schedule:
March 24
April 28
May 26
June 23
July 28
August 25
September 22
October 27
November 24
December 22

Backflow Preventer…What’s that? Why is it important?

backflow preventer is a device that’s installed on the home’s water pipes that allows water to flow in one direction but never in the opposite direction. Its sole job is to prevent drinking water from being contaminated due to backflow.  It’s important because it can save your drinking water in the event of a flood.  Let’s watch the video to find out:

  • What is a backflow preventer?
  • What does a backflow preventer do? Why should every home have one?
  • Where is a backflow preventer located in the home?
  • How to maintain a backflow preventer?
  • How to get a backflow preventer installed if there isn’t one?

Thanks NEW Water for this very informative video.

What is CodeRED?

CodeRED is an emergency alert system hosted by Brown County Emergency Management that sends out an alert text to any cell phone that is signed up for the program.  The key is signing up for the program.  CodeRED  can also call landlines, but let’s face it land lines maybe inoperable in a natural disaster.  With CodeRED you will receive pertinent information in real time as the event unfolds. Information that could prevent property damage, be life saving, and vital to your health and well being.

Sign up TODAY by texting BrownCountyWI” to 99411 to stay informed and be prepared for any emergency situation.

Brown County Emergency Management  🔴#CodeRED

Additional Links:
http://www.browncountywi.gov/code-red or https://bit.ly/30NIxzZ

Join Our Crew – Now Hiring Public Works Crew Member! Apply by February 7th.

The Public Works Crew duties include installation, maintenance, and operations of Town infrastructure,  buildings & grounds, roads, ditches, storm sewer, parks, sanitary sewer, and water distribution. The Public Works Crew consists of a four employees who are equally required to participate with a weekly on-call rotation schedule.   This is a non-exempt position scheduled for 40 hours a week plus on-call as scheduled.  A competitive wage and benefits program are offered.

To apply, submit an application, cover letter, and resume to Sarah Burdette, Administrator, at sburdette@ledgeviewwisconsin.com by 4:00 PM on  Friday, February 7th, 2020.

Water Sampling for Lead & Copper

Keven Tadeyeske from the Public Works Department will be collecting water samples to test for lead and copper per DNR Regulations.  If your home was built in the 1980’s or early 1990’s you may be receiving a visit from Keven to collect a water sample.  Not all homes are selected for this sampling.   If you’re not home, a door hanger will be left on your front door to contact Keven to schedule an appointment. We appreciate your cooperation.

No Overnight Parking Reminder

A reminder that there is no overnight parking on any town roads from Nov 1st- April 1st. This allows crews to safely clear the roads.

In the event of a snow emergency, there’s no parking on any town roads until the ban is lifted. Vehicles parked on the road during a snow emergency are submit to towing at the owners expense. Snow emergencies are announced on the Town’s website and social media platforms as well as the local media platforms. Keep in touch with the town by liking us on Facebook and Twitter, and by signing up for our e-newsletter at the links below.

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100 Year Flood, 500 Year Flood; What’s the Difference?

We likely all have recent memories of news coverage of more than one “100 year flood” in our lifetimes.  How can this be if a “100 year flood” occurs once every 100 years?  While climate change could certainly have a role, the fact is that it is an oversimplification of statistics.

A common misunderstanding (rightfully so based upon the name) is that a 100 year flood means the level of flooding that is expected to occur once every 100 years, and a 500 year flood occurs once every 500 years.  However, this in not the case.
A 100 year flood is the level of flooding that has a 1% chance of occurring in any given year, and has an equal chance of occurring every year, regardless of whether or not it occurred in previous years.  It’s similar to buying a lottery ticket – the chances are slim of you getting the winning numbers, and winning one week’s lottery drawing does not impact your chances of winning the next week’s lottery drawing.  So the luck of the draw may result in a community getting hit by 100 year floods 2, 3, 4 years in a row.
Similarly, a 500 year flood is flood levels that have a 0.2% chance of occurring in any given year.  And again, it happening one year does not change the likelihood of it happening the next year, or the next, or the next.
We also call large storms the “100-year storm”….  but in actuality, just like the “100 year flood”, it too has a 1% chance of happening in any given year.
You can learn more at the USGS website here:  100 year flood

Flooding Expected in 2020 – What can be done to prepare your family & home?

In 2019, the Green Bay area experienced the wettest year in 125 years of recorded weather history.  We exceeded our previous record of 39.21 (set in 2018) inches by October.   The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting another wet winter for 2020 across the Midwest.

Because we have had back to back record-breaking wet years the ground is saturated and our rivers and streams have been in flood stage since spring.  The expected wet winter in this already water-logged area is expected to cause record-breaking flooding again in the spring of 2020.

The Town of Ledgeview and all Green Bay area communities are preparing for public safety flood response (i.e. road closures, evacuation routes, evacuation transport, power outage response, etc.).  However, there is little we can do to prevent or reduce the impact of the expected flooding because the ground is saturated, rivers and streams are already flooded, and Lake Michigan water levels are expected to rise due to the back to back water logged years.

There is no place for the water to go and there is no way to stop the water from coming.  All we as local government and you as residents can do is prepare to respond to flooding.

Steps you can take to prepare your family and your home for flooding:

  1. Pay attention to flood alerts and have evacuation routes planned.
  2. Move furniture and valuables to a safe place.
  3. Pack an emergency kit.
  4. Elevate electrical equipment and appliances.
  5. Waterproof your basement.
  6. Make sure your sump pump is operating correctly and has battery backup.
  7. Prevent sewer backups by ensuring your home has a sewer backflow valve.
  8. Insure your home/contents for flooding.

 

Sewer backflow valve:  if you live in a newer home, one was probably installed when the home was built. If not, a plumber can install one.  Backflow valves reduce the likelihood of sewage backing up into your home. A properly maintained backwater valve allows water to flow only in one direction at a time due to a mechanical disc (flapper) that will close during high flow periods (i.e. large rain events), reducing the chance that sewage can enter your basement from the sewer main.  A backwater valve is installed in the private sewer lateral (the line that connects your home to the main sewer).

Flood insurance:  Standard homeowners and renter’s insurance policies DO NOT cover damage from flooding. If your home is in an area that is mapped as a flood zone, you likely have basic flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  The basic NFIP coverage is $250,000 for the structure of the home and $100,000 for contents (cash value, not replacement) with limited coverage for belongings stored in a basement.  NFIP flood insurance is only available in designated flood zones.  For more information about the NFIP, visit floodsmart.gov.  If your home is NOT in a mapped flood zone, private flood insurance is available as a separate policy.  For more information contact your homeowner’s insurance carrier.