Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
One year ago, massive flooding pounded southeast Wisconsin and the Midwest.
Over a period of several days, I blogged and updated a series of photos chronicling the disaster. The response was overwhelming. Here are some of those photos from June 2008:
One home falls into the water after the land was washed away at Lake Delton. Photo: Joe Koshollek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The home near the 254-acre Lake Delton in Lake Delton, Wisconsin was damaged when flood waters breached the bank and drained the lake Monday, June 9, 2008. Floodwater washed away three houses and threatened dams in Wisconsin as military crews joined desperate sandbagging operations to hold back Indiana streams surging toward record levels.
The back of a house falls into Lake Delton Monday afternoon as the lake overflows, taking homes and roads with it. Photo: Joe Koshollek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Jim Dahlgren of Wausau walks along an emptied Lake Delton after Dell Creek Dam was breached on Monday afternoon. Andy Manis/AP
An airboat returns with an evacuated family in Columbus on Monday. Families living along the Crawfish River that were trapped from the flooding waters were rescued by airboat and hovercraft. Cory Schaefer/Beaver Dam Daily Citizen/AP
Daniel Buyeske stands in the Marcus Cinema's parking lot Sunday afternoon. Megan Sheridan/ of The Oshkosh Northwestern
JoAnn Neyhard, Kenneth Neyhard, Betty Waters and Brian Heidl gather on the steps of the Neyhard home as their basements flooded after the heavy rains. According to the residents their area often floods during heavy down pours. Oshkosh Northwestern photo by Joe Sienkiewicz
Logan Azarian, 5, investigates a large maple tree which fell in Racine, Wis, after storms moved through the area, Friday June 6, 2008. (AP Photo/Journal Times, Mark Hertzberg)
Children paddle in flooded yards in Racine on Sunday following heavy rains. Mark Hertzberg/Journal Times/AP
Storm clouds pass over the town of Raymond, northwest of Racine, Wis., late Sunday. Another wave of severe thunderstorms pounded southern Wisconsin on Sunday, creating flash floods, forcing evacuations and dredging up nightmares of flooding not even a year past. Mark Hertzberg/Journal Times/AP
A cloud formation moves over Oconomowoc on Sunday. John Hart/Watertown Daily Times/AP
Rescue workers evacuate Joseph Sollazo, 14, and Julia Sollazo, 17, foreground, and Nick Vliegenthart, center rear, from the Sallazo home in the town of Raymond, northwest of Racine, because of flooding, late Sunday. Mark Hertzberg/Journal Times/AP
Horses walk through a flooded field in Racine, just west of the Root River, on Sunday, following heavy rains Saturday and Sunday. Mark Hertzberg/Journal Times/AP
Sauk County A in Lake Delton is closed after a portion of the road was washed out after flooding occurred in the area and water from Dell Creek overflowed its banks on Monday. Kyle McDaniel/Wisconsin State Journal/AP
Water flows over Sauk County A in Lake Delton after flooding occurred in the area on Monday. Evacuations and sandbagging continued Monday as rivers and lakes rose, washing away three homes and jeopardizing dams in southern Wisconsin. Kyle McDaniel/Wisconsin State Journal/AP
A pleasure boat is partially submerged at the Belle Harbor Marina in Racine after Root River flood waters apparently lifted its hull into the dock on Monday. Mark Hertzberg/Journal Times/AP
Racine firefighters help Barbara Deliakow into a boat as they evacuate residents on Luedtke Avenue in Racine after record flooding of the Root River on Monday. Mark Hertzberg/Journal Times/AP
People stop to watch the rain-swollen Sheboygan River Monday June 9, 2008 in Settlers Park in Sheboygan Falls. Photo by Bruce Halmo/The Sheboygan Press
These are amazing pictures, a credit to the outstanding photojournalists around the state of Wisconsin.
UPDATED 6/12/08 -NEW PHOTOS, INCLUDING SHOTS FROM IOWA
Matt Hochstetler, left, and his sister, Michelle, walk through Matt's neighborhood Wednesday, June 11, 2008 in Vinton, Iowa. The house where he lives still was above the high water from the flooding Cedar River that covered about 15 square blocks. Residents were ordered to evacuate low-lying sections of towns along the overflowing Cedar River on Wednesday, and communities along the Mississippi River were warned that new rainfall would boost their expected flood crests. (AP Photo/The Des Moines Register, Harry Baumert) *This photo appears on the front page of today's (Thursday's) USA TODAY.
Charlie Lough herded his cattle onto the porch of his farm house, before he fled to safety from the rising water of the Cedar River, Wednesday June 11, 2008 north of Vinton, Iowa. Flood waters have inundated the electric plant in Vinton and the entire city is now without power. Officials are preparing for the Cedar River to crest at record levels all across the state. (AP Photo/Steve Pope)
Randy Johnson receives a sandbag as volunteers try to raise the level of the retaining wall protecting homes along Normandy Drive to the level of the pink sandbag marking the predicted crest level of the Iowa River, Wednesday, June 11, 2008, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/The Iowa City Press-Citizen, Matthew Holst)
Gwen Lewis (right) of Newhall, Iowa. and Jacob Hanson (second from right) of Vinton, Iowa, pass a sandbag as part of a human chain as they work to protect a friend's home from flood water from the Cedar River on Tuesday, June 10, 2008, in Vinton. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Jim Slosiarek)
Des Moines City workers form a sandbag line around the Armory Building in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, on the east side of the rapidly rising Des Moines River, Wednesday afternoon, June 11, 2008. In the background is the Wells Fargo Arena. (AP Photo/JOHN GAPS III/Des Moines Register)
Volunteers workers drive a fire truck away from the electrical generation facility after a gallant effort to save the power plant failed, as water from the Cedar River continues to rise, efforts are now directed to try and save the law enforcement center, Wednesday June 11, 2008 in Vinton, Iowa. Flood waters have inundated the electric plant in Vinton and the entire city is now without power. Officials are preparing for the Cedar River to crest at record levels all across the state. (AP Photo/Steve Pope)
Scouts and their families hug outside the West Harrison High School in Mondamin, Iowa, Thursday, June 12, 2008, where they were reunited with their relatives. At least 4 died and scores injured when a tornado touched down at the Little Sioux Scout Ranch, where scouts were training.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Johnson Park golf course (Racine Journal-Times)
Residents walk through several feet of floodwaters to get to higher ground along Rocky Ford Road in Columbus, Ind. on Saturday, June 7, 2008. Hundreds of residents had to be rescued as floodwater shut off several areas throughout the city. The flooding resulted in one confirmed death and is estimated to have caused several millions in damges. (AP Photo/The Columbus Republic, Mike Dickbernd)
A fawn struggles against the fast flowing White River as it tries to walk along the levee on Monday, June 9, 2008 in Edwardsport, Ind. The fawn was swept off the levee, but managed to swim to a bank and make its way from the water. (AP Photo/Vincennes Sun-Commercial, Kevin J. Kilmer)
A stranded couple walk around the second floor of the Iowa Lodge above floodwaters with their infant child, Friday, June 13, 2008 in Coralville, Iowa. (AP Photo/Iowa City Press-Citizen, Matthew Holst)
Kami Utterback, 10, ties filled sandbags Friday, June 13, 2008, near Quincy, Ill. As communities braced themselves against the rising water, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich declared seven counties disaster areas to speed up help from the state. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
An elderly man is rescued after high waters stalled his car, Friday, June 13, 2008 in Springfield, Mo. He was transported to a local hospital. Almost four inches of rain fell during the day.(AP Photo/The Springfield News-Leader, Dean Curtis)
(From left) Hunter Schultz, 5, and his brother Sam, 6, walk across a makeshift bridge with Pedro Novoa, who lives above the flooded MJ's Liquor Store on Main Street in the town of Oconomowoc near the Rock River. (Photo: Rick Wood)
Susan Jones, a Fond du Lac school board member, looks into the flood-damaged office at the school system buildings and grounds maintenance building adjacent to Fruth Field on South Street in Fond du Lac, Tuesday, June 17, 2008. The Fond du Lac Reporter photo by Justin Connaher.
Pat Ryan measuring water levels next door to his home in Lagrange, Mo., whose downtown area was flooded. His home, on the other side of the fence at left, was spared after he had placed sandbags and sump pumps around it. Photo: Todd Heisler/The New York Times
Beverly Chase walked into her flooded home in Iowa City, Iowa. Gov. Chet Culver of Iowa said that nearly a third of his state's counties needed federal help for flooded areas. Photo: Matthew Holst/Iowa City Press-Citizen, via Associated Press
The inside of a car after it was abandoned in a flooded neighborhood near the Cedar River in Charles City, Iowa, on Monday, June 16. More than 500 homes in Charles City were damaged. Photo: Kevin Sanders/Associated Press
The Army National Guard working Wednesday (6/18) in Canton, Mo. That town’s protection held; across the river, a levee failed.Todd Heisler/The New York Times
Photo from the aftermath of Fond du Lac area flooding, Friday, June 13, 2008. The Reporter photo by Justin Connaher.
Reader submitted photo to the Fond du Lac Reporter
Mike Peterson photo
Barber shop on Main Street in Janesville. Photo: Jayne Brown
Carp moving inland in Janesville. Photo: Santos McGill
Rainbow overhead in Janesville as water is pumped out of basements. Photo: Marcia Straub
Due to strong winds, a tree fell on the home of Diane Knowles in Manitowoc on Thursday. Knowles' home and garage sustained structural damage. At the time of the incident none of the homes in the area had lost power. Manitowoc Police Department officers responded to the scene. Jaslyn Gilbert/HTR June 12, 2008 Manitowoc.
Standing water is seen on U.S. 41 at Ninth Avenue in Oshkosh, Wis., Thursday evening, June 12, 2008. Minutes after these images were taken, the northbound lanes of U.S. 41 were closed. Post-Crescent photo by Ben Jones.
UPDATED ON 6/14/08
Jessica Radig did manage to salvage her wedding box that was floating in the basement. Oshkosh Northwestern photo by Joe Sienkiewicz
In the Village of Wrightstown, there was some basement flooding on the east bank of the Fox River. The water flooded over much of the Wrightstown County Park, but these boys walked out to a picnic area in the park where the Fox River and Plum Creek comes together. The county parks department closed the park and boat launch and village police were shagging kids out of the flooded park. Wrightstown Post-Gazette photo by Ed Byrne.
Employees of Hansen's Dairy & Deli on Webster Avenue in Green Bay use a candle and a battery operated lamp while waiting for power to be restored after a thunderstorm knocked down a power line in the neighborhood. A Wisconsin Public Service truck can be seen in the distance beginning repairs. Pictured from left are: Julene Vanden Plas, Samantha Vanden Plas, Megan Klug, Amanda Vanden Plas and Allyssa Englebert. Photo submitted by Mike Peters
Severe storms downed a large tree at the home of Donna and Gene Allen on Doty Island in Neenah, Wis., Thursday evening, June 12, 2008. Post-Crescent photo by M.P. King