LODI, Wis. - Authorities have declared a state of emergency in Lodi and surrounding areas because of flooding.
The city of Lodi said shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday that Columbia County declared the emergency.
Emergency crews evacuated buildings earlier Thursday in downtown Lodi due to a strong smell of natural gas, officials said. Lodi police are asking everyone to avoid the area as first responders and city crews investigate the odor.
Columbia County Emergency Management crews are in Lodi dealing with flooding issues.
The Lodi Police Department is asking everyone to avoid the city today. Flooding has caused furnaces in buildings not to work properly, and they were pumping out natural gas. Firefighters evacuated all of the businesses downtown because of a strong natural gas smell. #news3now pic.twitter.com/6F4tRwDeRN— Rose Schmidt (@RoseSchmidtTV) March 14, 2019
Police said flooding has caused furnaces in buildings not to work properly and to pump out natural gas.
Power and gas were shut off in downtown Lodi, and people should plan on it being shut off all night Thursday, according to a news release.
A temporary shelterwas set up by the Red Cross at Lodi Elementary School for anyone without power. The shelter closed Friday morning after first responders worked with the Red Cross to find temporary lodging for everyone impacted.
Due to the snowmelt, frost depths and rain, river levels in the area are forecast to rise over the next few days, the Columbia County Emergency Management Office said. The Wisconsin River is expected to reach 17.6-foot minor flood stage by Monday. The Baraboo River is expected to reach 20.5 feet, near moderate flood stage, by Monday. Spring Creek in the Lodi area is outside its banks, causing severe flooding that's affecting the downtown area. The Fox and Crawfish river levels are also expected to rise and will be monitored.
Multiple roadways are flooded, including Blackhawk Road, West Lane Road, Old River Road and
Lake Road in Caledonia, Highway 44 north of Highway 33 in Scott Township, County Road K between County Road I and WIBU Road in Arlington Township and Meek Road in Arlington Township, emergency managers said.
Lodi City Hall is without power and phones, officials said. Residents who need to contact city hall should call 608-573-0823. Columbia County Emergency Management said people in need of assistance are advised to contact the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office dispatch at 742-4166, extension 1.
Officials said sandbags can be filled and picked up at the Lodi Utility Garage at 249 Water St., according to a Facebook post.
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