Wisconsin Flooding

riverportageMost of the residents in the town of Portage fled their homes after a 100-year-old levee started to fail. Our sister station WKOW in Madison reports “the levee is part of the Caledonia-Lewiston Levee System — several dikes built mainly out of sand during the 1890s by homeowners living near the river, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.”
On Sunday, the south side of the Caledonia Levee, south of Highway 33 was starting to fail. Water was leaking out, although the levee had not completely broken. The Red Cross has set up a shelter and will be open as long as it is needed. The Wisconsin River is swollen from the massive thunderstorms last week that dropped several inches of rain. The National Weather Service expects the river to crest sometime today. The river is about 4 feet over flood stage. If or once the levee completely fails, it is still unknown how far south the floodwaters will travel. Over 100 homes could be affected by the floods along Blackhawk Road. The floodwaters could close sections of Highway 33 and Interstate 39.

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This post was written by qni_it on September 27, 2010

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  1. WI Weather Buff September 27, 2010 9:16 PM

    Video (from Madison NBC Channel 15 — its a long URL, you might have to copy & paste)

    http://video.nbc15.com/global/video/flash/popupplayer.asp?ClipID1=5147732&h1=VIDEO%3A%20Flood%20Warning%206pm%20Coverage%209/27/10&vt1=v&at1=News&d1=40656&LaunchPageAdTag=News&fvCatNo=&backgroundImageURL=&activePane=info&rnd=81914135

    For added fun, President Obama is coming to Madison tomorrow, snarling traffic in and out of the city for hours. He is scheduled to speak right at evening rush hour.

  2. WI Weather Buff September 27, 2010 9:21 PM

    Just another comment — when I was younger I grew up playing and swimming and camping at various places along the WI River. It has a reputation as being fickle and dangerous — tho when it is “in a good mood” it provides GREAT swimming, fishing, camping and general water recreation, but the local word was always, “Be careful. It can turn dangerous really fast.”

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