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Milwaukee downpour leads to street closures (UPDATE)

A Milwaukee Police Department van block drivers from hitting a manhole Monday after the cover was lifted out of place by heavy rains in the 1000 block of W. State St., Milwaukee. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities say all highway on-ramps in downtown Milwaukee have reopened following a sudden downpour that dumped more than two inches of rain in less than an hour.

According to the city’s department of public works, downtown Milwaukee and the east side received 2.5 inches of rain between 9 and 10 a.m. Monday.

As of 4:15 p.m. Monday, DPW reported a 107 instances of street flooding, 31 backwaters in basements, seven manhole covers displaced and reset and 12 miscellaneous complaints.

According to the sheriff’s office, several areas were closed briefly Monday morning because of standing water or flooding conditions.

The National Weather Service said those conditions weren’t typical. Meteorologist Marcia Cronce said most areas across Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Waukesha counties got about half an inch of rain.

West-central Wisconsin got more than 5 inches over the weekend, with street flooding in Buffalo, La Crosse, Trempealeau and Vernon counties.

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