Darlington facing possible road, school closures due to incoming severe weather

Darlington facing possible road, school closures due to incoming severe weather

Darlington faces possible road and school closures Friday morning due to incoming severe weather.

According to a news release from the city of Darlington Police Department, the National Weather Service predicted that the Pecatonica River will reach 14.9 feet at roughly 7 a.m. Friday.

Given this is only a prediction, different variables like rainfall amounts will determine the actual river levels, but the city will experience moderate flooding if the river reaches levels of 14.9 feet.

Should this happen, officials said the parks and recreation areas along the riverfront properties will be flooded. The Main Street Bridge on Highway 23 will also need to be closed down, which would separate the community’s north and south sides. Low-lying streets face possible road closures, as well.

If the Main Street Bridge is closed, Darlington schools will also be closed. However, businesses and homes will not be flooded if river levels remain at 14.9 feet or lower.

No decisions have been made at this time as far as closures around the city.

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