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Flood watches, warnings issued in southern Wisconsin

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PORTAGE (WKOW) -- The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for areas near the Wisconsin River in Portage.

NWS reports as of 2 p.m. Sunday the river was at 17.6 feet. Flood stage is 17 feet in Portage. Minor flooding is already happening and will continue as more rain falls. At 18 feet, floodwaters are likely to urround homes along the Blackhawk Park area. The river is expected to fall below flood stage Thursday afternoon.

A Flood Watch continues through Monday morning in Dane, Jefferson, Lafayette, Green, Rock, Walworth, Marquette, Green Lake, Sauk, Columbia, Dodge, Juneau, Adams, Crawford, Richland, Grant and Iowa counties.

An additional one to two inches of rain is expected, in addition to the two to four that fell Saturday night.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The National Weather Service is issuing flood watches for southern Wisconsin -- a day after thunderstorms knocked out power to some areas and caused damage in Manitowoc County.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Saturday storms tore a roof of an elementary school in the Town of Cleveland in Manitowoc County. There were also reports of trees and power lines down, and a garage was blown off its foundation.

With heavy rains in the Sunday forecast, flood watches were issued for southern Wisconsin. The threat of flooding is expected to continue into Monday.

A flood warning was issued along the Wisconsin River at Portage. The National Weather Service says the river was 17.5 feet on Sunday morning -- a half a foot above flood stage. The river is expected to begin receding Monday afternoon.

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