Fox River down nearly 12 feet since July

Fox River down nearly 12 feet since July

The Fox River in Wheatland, which hit a record high of 17.47 feet July 13, causing widespread flooding, is still higher than average for September, according to the National Weather Service.

“It is actually a little above normal for this time of the year,” hydrologist Brain Hahn said, pointing to median daily statistics dating back 23 years.

Since it crested, the river level in Wheatland has dropped nearly 12 feet, to 5.83 feet Tuesday.

“There wasn’t much rain after that (July 11) event,” Hahn said. “Rainfall in August was below normal in Kenosha.”

Normal rainfall for August in Kenosha County is 4.05 inches. The county only got 2.5 inches of rain last month and hasn’t even had once inch yet in September.

The Weather Service is calling for temperatures in the 80s through Monday, with a high of 85 on Friday, the first day of fall. There is a 40 percent chance of rain Wednesday night and a 20 percent chance of rain Monday.

The fifth lowest level on record is 5.55 feet. According to data from the National Weather Service, three of five lowest marks were recorded in September. However, Hahn disagrees this means the river is approaching record lows.

“The river is typically low this time of year,” Hahn said.

The lowest mark of 4.72 feet was set July 16, 2012.

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