SAUK COUNTY (WKOW) -- Sand and bags are being made available in Baraboo as residents there brace for possible flooding.
"We have lots of areas in Sauk County that are real hilly and experience flash floods when we get heavy rains," said Sauk County Emergency Management Director Jeff Jelinek.
"So we're encouraging residents, especially if they live in areas prone to flooding, to come out and get prepared now," Jelinek said.
Jelinek added the most effective way to build a sand bag is to fill the bag up roughly half way with sand. That way the bag will lie flat, he said. Sand and bags are available for pick up at the West Baraboo Garage at the intersection of Highway 12 and Highway 136.
Jelinek said the county is currently most worried about flash flooding caused by rain on roads and low-lying properties. He said both the Wisconsin River and Baraboo River are not yet nearing flood levels.
Although Tod Pritchard, a spokesperson for Wisconsin Emergency Management, said more, heavy rains like those seen Monday through Wednesday could change that.
"If you live by a river, a lake, or a stream, this is the time to keep an eye on things," he said.
Pritchard said Wisconsin Emergency Management officials are very closely watching rivers and streams in southern Wisconsin.
He said those who find themselves in flooded areas should "turn around, don't drown." Pritchard said that means don't walk or drive into any water.
"It only takes about six inches of running water to knock an adult off his or her feet and sweep them away," Pritchard said. "It only takes about two feet, a little less than two feet of water, to raise up a car."
"Roads, when they're covered with water, you don't know what's happening underneath that water," Pritchard said.
"You don't know if the road bed is still there. You don't know how deep (the water) is," he added.
Pritchard said its also advisable to buy a portable, weather radio to monitor potential storms.
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