TOWN OF HOLLAND, Wis. (WXOW) – People from the Town of Holland said the flooding on Friday was something they have never seen before.
Some county roads and neighborhood streets have turned into rivers, and yards are now pools.
The water has nowhere to go, because the ground it would typically soak into, is still nearly frozen solid.
“We’re just seeing people at their wit’s end. They’re struggling to stay ahead of this. There doesn’t seem to be any end in sight right now. The water is still coming,” said Keith Butler, La Crosse County Emergency Management Coordinator.
Butler said winter is melting fast. Volunteers from all over came to pitch in filling sandbags at Holland’s Town Hall Friday.
“If I was in this situation, I know the community would help me, and my family,” said Drake Schams, volunteer.
As of Friday evening, volunteers said they filled a couple of hundred sandbags.
“I thought if my house were going underwater, I would want help, so it was natural to come up here,” said Steve Lindeman, volunteer.
Holland Town Clerk Marilyn Pedretti said she has never seen anything like Friday’s flooding before.
“Town of Holland is underwater. We’ve had flooding in places we never thought we would see flooding,” said Pedretti.
Officials and locals ask people to not drive down streets if you don’t need to be there.
“What’s happening is the cars are going through and creating waves. Those waves are going out and going into people’s garages, basement windows. Those waves are creating more flooding, so please don’t drive down a road if you don’t live there,” said Pedretti.
Volunteers who helped fill sandbags said bags would be available for anyone who needs them.