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UPDATE: Flooding already along Wisconsin River


PORTAGE (WKOW) -- The National Weather Service is predicting parts of the Wisconsin River near Portage will rise more than a foot above flood stage by Monday.

Flooding has already begun in one neighborhood just south of the city. In Blackhawk Park on Saturday, there was water inching towards many doorsteps.

"We expect it here," said Les Keesler, a resident who has lived in the area for five years. "We know there's flooding, but when it gets to the extreme, then it's tough on everybody."

The neighborhood is located in the floodplain, but Keesler says flooding has become more extreme lately.

Last year, flooding in September along the Wisconsin River damaged more than 400 homes and 60 businesses. The rising water caused more than $9 million in damage to public infrastructure alone.

Some of the most dramatic flooding was in Blackhawk Park, where some houses built on stilts got several feet of water inside for the first time.

"Last year was awful, just awful," said Eileen Serpico, another resident.

Serpico and Keesler say something has changed in the last few years - they suspect something with the dams - but they're not sure where to find answers.

"We just want knowledge. We just want to know what's going on," said Keesler.

Because after last year's major flooding, they know it could happen again.


PORTAGE (WKOW) --   Forecasters are warning people who live along the Wisconsin River in Portage of possible flooding.

The National Weather Service says the river is expected to reach flood stage at Portage (17 feet) on Saturday afternoon.

Flooded roads will be expected in the lower areas of Blackhawk Park. People living in low lying areas along the Wisconsin River are encouraged to take appropriate actions.

People in need of assistance are advised to contact Columbia County Emergency Management at 608-742-4166 ext. 1308 or 1309, and can call the sheriff's office dispatch at 742-4166 if in need of immediate assistance.

This, as 27 Storm Track Meteorologists are tracking two rounds of storms that are set to push through south central Wisconsin this weekend.

Saturday night's storms will be scattered, and large hail may be a concern.

Sunday will be much warmer and humid, with strong dynamics in the atmosphere creating volatile conditions for some part of the Upper Midwest. Tornados may form from this storm as well.

Stay tuned to www.wkow.com for the latest on this developing story.


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