Highway closed in SE Wis. in case levee fails

Authorities in Kenosha County have closed a section of State Highway 75 as they keep an eye on a levee that’s in danger of failing because of heavy rains.

The levee holds back Vern Wolf Lake in the Richard Bong Recreation Area in the Town of Brighton, west of Kenosha in southeastern Wisconsin. It’s a 93-acre lake with depths up to 12 feet.

The spillway from Vern Wolf Lake feeds into Brighton Creek. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department says the property immediately downstream is farmland that would likely flood if the levee fails. But it says no structures are believed to be threatened.

The sheriff’s department says flood waters would at best compromise the integrity of Highway 75, and at worst wash out portions of the road.