The skies darkened, the wind picked up, and the rain just kept falling. In only one day, the National Weather Service says Milwaukee received nearly three and one-half inches of rain, with Bayside picking up 1.99 inches.
Village Manager Andy Pederson says it's the on-again-off-again rain pattern that kept the water draining properly.
"Even if you get a 15-minute break in a rainstorm, it lets the water flow and start moving," Pederson said.
The village has pits that can hold massive amounts of water and when they get to a certain point, an alarm goes off. Village crews were called in Tuesday night around 10 p.m. to take a look at the lift stations and reset the alarms, making sure all the water was draining properly. They stayed until 2 a.m. Wednesday morning.
"It's a proactive measure so if there’s an issue we can manage it," Pederson said. "The way it rained last night, the rain would get heavy and then it would taper off, so it would catch up."
Despite the quick rainfalls, he says the village has not received any reports of flooded homes.
"Overall, the village’s stormwater system worked efficiently, with the minor flooding areas subsiding when the rain would taper off, allowing the system to catch up," Pederson said.