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Columbia County experiencing 'extreme flooding' in more than 100 areas, sheriff says

PORTAGE, Wis. - Columbia County is experiencing “extreme flooding” with over 100 areas where there is water over roadways, sheriff’s officials said.

Several flooded roads do not have signage, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a dangerous situation, according to a release.

A current list of road closures can be found on Columbia County’s website.

Officials ask anyone who comes across a flooded road to call 608-742-4166 ext. 1.

With the expected precipitation over the weekend, road conditions may worsen and closures may increase, officials said.

Forecasted river levels

  • Wisconsin River is expected to reach 17.8-foot minor flood stage by Monday, March 18. (Moderate flood stage is 18 feet, & last year’s highest crest was 18.02 feet and the historic crest was 20.66 feet in 2010)
  • Baraboo River is expected to reach 20.7 ft. near moderate flood stage by Monday, March 18, 2019. (Moderate flood stage is 22.0 ft. & last year’s highest crest was 24.47 ft. and the Historic Crest was 27.48 ft. in 2008)
  • Fox River & Crawfish River levels are expected to rise and will be monitored.
  • Spring Creek in Lodi area is outside of its banks.  The water has receded by approximately 3 feet over night.
  • Park Lake in Pardeeville is currently at 9 ft. (flood stage is 8.4 ft.) City officials are monitoring the situation.

Sandbag locations

  • COLUMBIA COUNTY: Sandbags and sand are available to the public to fill at the Columbia County Highway Shop located at 338 West Old Highway 16, Wyocena, (southeast side of highway shop building in the parking lot).  You will need to bring your own shovel to fill bags and a truck or trailer to haul them.
  • CITY OF PORTAGE: Free filled (while supplies last) sandbags are available to Portage residents at the Department of Public Works facility located at 616 Washington Street, Portage. There will also be sand and sandbags to fill your own on the Griffith Street side of the DPW building. You will need to provide your own shovels and truck or trailer to haul them.
  • CITY OF COLUMBUS: Free sandbags available to fill upon request and by appointment. Contact the City of Columbus at (920) 623-5900.
  • PARDEEVILLE: Free sandbags available to fill to Pardeeville residents at the Pardeeville Public Works Garage at 307 Roosevelt St. in Pardeeville.  Please bring own shovels, and truck or trailer to haul them.
  • LODI: Free sandbags available to fill at Lodi Public Works Shop at 249 Water St. in Lodi.  Please bring your own shovels, and truck or trailer to haul them.

 

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