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Disasters and Mishaps

of Waukesha County. Includes Fires, Tornados, Floods, Droughts and Accidents


Early pioneers were often challenged by the effects of summer or winter weather. Warm summers often gave way to numerous fires, droughts, storms even disease. Winters brought bone chilling cold and snow. This section is a place to report some of those storms, disasters and mishaps.


Fires in Waukesha County, Wisconsin
Attempt to Destroy Waukesha by Fire, 1878
Haertl's Block Fire, July 1882
Mansion House, Methodist Church Fire, July 1882
Oakton Hotel-Pewaukee,March 1899

Summer and Winter Storms

1973 - Flooding - Presidential Disaster Declaration
1976 - Ice Storm - Presidential Disaster Declared
1976 - Drought - Presidential Emergency Declared
1977 - Tornado
1982 - Brookfield Tornado/Wind Storm
1986 - Flooding - Presidential Disaster Declaration
1986 - Flooding - Presidential Disaster Declaration
1991 - Severe Storms - Presidential Disaster Declaration
1997 - Flooding - Presidential Disaster Declaration
1998 - High Winds/ Severe Storms
1998 - High Winds/Flooding - Presidential Disaster Declaration
2000 - Severe Storms/Flooding - Presidential Disaster Declaration
2001 - Snow Emergency - Presidential Emergency Declaration
2004 - Flooding/Severe Storms - Presidential Disaster Declaration

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