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Evacuations begin in parts of Sauk Co. due to flood risk


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SAUK CO. (WKOW) -- In Sauk County, people living near the Wisconsin River in the Town of Fairfield are leaving their homes.

Either that, or risk being flooded out, with officials predicting a high water level of up to 19 1/2 feet Tuesday.

"It has risen so quickly that it caught me by surprise," said Diana Haertel, Town of Fairfield.

Haertel has seen high water in her 21 years living near the Wisconsin River. Last Fall, she says it was higher than ever. Now its rising fast, and could reach last Falls levels by Tuesday.

"We're going what happened? We know the snow melt but again we're in this same predicament," said

Her neighbor, Marcia Mason feels the same, knowing how quickly the water can rise.

"It was really scary," said Mason.

Jeff Jelinek, the Emergency Management Director for Sauk County says residents living on Levee Road and Plummer's Grove in Fairfield are being asked to evacuate through Saturday.

Levee Road is closed from Highway T in Sauk County through Highway 33 in Columbia County.

This affects about 30 homes.

"If something does happen and it becomes too dangerous for our first responders our residents might be on their own so we're very concerned about safety," said Jeff Jelinek, Emergency Management Director for Sauk County.

"Parts of this road will be impassible, people will be driving through it anyways not knowing what's under the water," said Jelinek.

Jelinek hopes by blocking the affected roads and evacuating will keep everyone out of harms way.

"We'll be communicating with them in the morning to start sandbagging operations," said Jelinek.

There are shelters set up for people whose homes are evacuated. In Sauk County, you can call the Salvation Army at (608) 356-4895.

In Columbia County, people living in the Blackhawk Park Neighborhood in Portage are being advised to leave their homes due to flooding. The Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Portage High School. For more information call (877) 618-6628.

Also in Adams County, fooding on the Wisconsin River has resulted in County Highway Z being closed from County Highway H to State Highway 82.

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