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Drone video shows Mississippi River flooding its banks near Potosi Point

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POTOSI (WKOW) -- A popular fishing and nature area for those who enjoy the outdoors is closed as the Mississippi River rises over its banks. 

From above, it's a sight to see. The scenic Mississippi River was swollen Thursday, as runoff from previous days of rain continue to run downstream. Flooded trees, and a covered parking lot and road are now part of the river as the water rose. 

"It's pretty cinematic. I really don't know how long it's going to take for all this water to go away," said Mark Runde, a freshman at UW-Platteville who was out flying his New Visions Aerial Productions drone over the flooded area. 

With the main road to the wildlife area closed, Runde controlled his drone from the ground on the dry side of the railroad tracks. 

"The gravel road is usually, I don't know how long it is, but it's completely flooded. You can definitely see some currents, like almost some waves," he said as he got different shots on his drone. 

Jenna and Travis Thurston know about all those currents. They captured cell phone video as they tried canoeing Potosi Point earlier on Thursday. 

"We heard it was flooded a little so we though we would come and check it out," said Jenna. 

She said at times the currents were swift. 

"I was very scared. I screamed a few times, I did," Jenna said as she laughed about it in hindsight. 

"We've seen it flood before, you know? It's come over the parking lot maybe 10 inches, a foot, but not this much. I mean, there's like three feet of water out there at least," Travis said as he looked back towards the high water. 

Where a dirt road once was, fish could be seen jumping out of the water that runs over the gravel street. 

Officials say they've seen it flood worse around the point and expect the water levels to go down.

Still, they're asking boaters and outdoor enthusiasts to stay out of the water. 

"When it gets this high, it picks up all of the debris and the logs and the things sitting along the shoreline, so we start to see a lot of that floating and that can cause very significant hazards for boaters or kayakers," said Steve Braun, the director of emergency management in Grant County. 

Braun said no damage has been done to nearby homes by the floodwaters. However, some area campgrounds are flooded. Braun said that's expected though, since the campgrounds are in the floodplain.

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