OSHKOSH - Five years ago in Oshkosh, the weather was much different than today.
Six days of record rainfall left much of the city under water.
"Yes, very bad memories, it just kept rising and rising and rising," said Oshkosh resident Kenlynn Akin.
It's a scene Akin and her husband remember vividly.
"The house at the end of the cul-de-sac there had water right up to their first floor."
The rain began on June 7th and continued off and on for the next five days. 3.8 inches fell by June 8th, 5.0 inches on the 12th and another 0.2 of an inch on the 13th for a total of 9.0 inches in less than a week.
"Very wide-spread, I know there was a lot of impact to private properties in addition to significant street blockages," said James Rabe, Oshkosh civil engineering supervisor.
Newport Court is one of many streets in Oshkosh hit hard by the flooding in 2008. But the Akins say both they and the city are more prepared than ever.
"Our city manager and our council have been working very, very hard to coordinate efforts to help us."
"We've invested nearly $50 million in storm water improvements. We've made a huge commitment to address our storm water problems and we're not done yet, but we're making really good progress," said Oshkosh City Manager Mark Rohloff.
That progress is right outside the city hall doors. The latest project involves a $3.2 million storm water detention system below the parking lot. It will hold 2 million gallons of water if a once in a 100 year flood like 2008 strikes again.
"We're able to kind of have a justification of all of the modeling effort and all of the construction effort we went through, we are seeing benefits in those areas we were able to get work done," said Rabe.
To lessen the impact of an event Akin never wants to see again, "Oh, not for anybody, not for anybody." In her peaceful neighborhood.
City officials say they have developed and are in the process of implementing a 35-year plan to completely overhaul the city's storm water system.
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