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Flood warnings from Eau Claire to Rock County

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Tom Lynch watches the Rock River water levels Tom Lynch watches the Rock River water levels

AFTON (WKOW) -- The Rock River is already on the verge of flooding.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office warned area residents Tuesday afternoon that the river could potentially flood. In the last week, water levels in the Afton area have reached nearly 10 ft. During the 2008 flood, waters reached more than 13 ft.

The rising waters are making some residents worry.

"It brings back memories of '08. You get a little nervous, but there's nothing you can do. The water just keeps coming," said Tom Lynch, who lives in Afton.

Lynch says the 2008 floodwaters went over the river, through the woods, and flooded his fields and basement. He ran his pumps for three months after. His electricity bills went up $120 a month. Still, his basement had at least an inch of water, as the pumps could barely keep up.

More, his flood insurance premiums went from about $600 to $3600 a year.

The Rock County area could see more than two inches of additional rainfall before Friday evening, according to the National Weather Service in Sullivan.

Another river that's under a flood warning is the Eau Claire River near Fall Creek in Western Wisconsin.

To prepare for the high water, engineers opened the dam gates at Lake Eau Claire several days ago.

Officials say so far they've seen slightly more runoff than an average Spring, but additional water could cause additional problems.

And so far, flooding doesn't seem to be a concern in Dane County.

The heavy downpour on Tuesday did lead to some water building up on the roads at Old Sauk and High Point roads in Madison.

Dane County Emergency Management says there was also some high water along Highway 151 in Sun Prairie, but it was cleared after crews cleaned out the storm drains.

Officials are watching the rivers in Dane County, but haven't issued any warnings.

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