Innovative Cities - Preparing for the Worst: July 12, 2017 Burlington, WI Flooding, Response and Recommendations

APA Wisconsin Chapter


Thursday, September 28, 2017
noon - 1 p.m. CDT

Milwaukee, WI, United States

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Mayor Jeannie Hefty and City Administrator Carina Walters will share in depth about the historic July 2017 flooding in Burlington, Wisconsin. 

Burlington is a city in Racine and Walworth counties in Wisconsin, with the majority of the city located in Racine County. The population of the portion of the city inside Racine County was 10,464 as of the 2010 Census. The City of Burlington experienced a massive flood that affected most of the municipality and surrounding communities. The Fox River crested the morning of July 13 at its highest historical level of 16.15 feet and began to slowly recede. The level of the river dipped below major flood stage to 13.08 feet on Saturday, July 15. Over 4400 residents of the City of Burlington and Waterford area were without power and telephone service for a few days. Over 80 members of the National Guard were deployed in the City of Burlington and assisted in emergency efforts, including monitoring traffic at the several streets and bridges that remain closed.

 They will be focusing extensively on the activities within the city leading up to the flooding as well as the emergency response during the flood. They will also share their insights moving forward. Best practices will be discussed as well as evaluation of what went well and where there is room to improve.




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Carina Walters

Invited Speaker

Carina is the City Administrator of Burlington, WI. Read More

Jeannie Hefty

Invited Speaker

Mayor Hefty was elected as the first female mayor of the City of Burlington in 1992 after six years as an alderman on the Common Council. As mayor, she led the group that secured DOT funding for the Burlington Bypass. In 1993, Jeannie was a member of the original task ... Read More

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