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SLIDESHOW: Flooding from rising Wisconsin River

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PORTAGE (WKOW) -- Columbia County officials say the Wisconsin River is expected to reach its peak flood stage Saturday.

It was previously believed the river would rise over 19 feet by Friday afternoon in Portage, but an updated forecast from the National Weather Service shows the river will reach 19.3 feet by Saturday. The river is nearly at major flood stage. As of 2 p.m. Friday, it was at 18.3 feet, which is moderate flood stage.

River communities in low-lying areas are already seeing flooded streets and yards. Affected areas include the Blackhawk Park neighborhood in the town of Caledonia and the area around County Highway V in the town of Dekorra.

Sandbags are available at the Columbia County Highway Department on Old Highway 16 in Wyocena. Residents are asked to fill their own sandbags. They're located on the blacktop area on the east side of the building.

Officials say people should not drive through standing water and evacuate their homes as soon as needed. If you need help, call Columbia County Emergency Management Office at (608) 742-4166 ext. 1308.

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