Flood Watches and Warnings continues across much of Wisconsin after 4 to 6 inches of rain fell late Tuesday into Wednesday morning triggering flash flooding of roads, rivers and low lying areas. Another 1 to 3 inches or more of rain is expected later this evening and into Thursday morning. Here is a county by county review of the situation.
Columbia County: The Baraboo River is forecast to reach minor flood stage on Thursday. The Wisconsin River is expected to crest below flood stage. Blackhawk, West Lane, Lake and Old River Road in the Blackhawk Park area of Portage are expected to have water over them by the time the Wisconsin River crests. Tritz Road in the town of Caledonia is expected to be flooded by the Baraboo River. Spring Creek at Lodi is under a Flood Warning.
Crawford County: The Kickapoo River is cresting this afternoon at minor to moderate flood stage. WI Hwy 171 at US Hwy 61 near Gays Mills was closed for a short time due to flooding.
Dodge County: WI Hwy 28 is closed in Mayville. Officials evacuated Parkview School and St. John’s Lutheran School in Mayville as a precaution due to rising flood waters nearby. Volunteers along with 20 inmates from Thompson Correctional Center in Deerfield and John C. Burke Correctional Institution are sandbagging to divert water from those schools and other homes and buildings. Team Rubicon has two volunteers on their way to assist and will send more help if needed.
Jackson County: Radar indicated a possible tornado touched down around 4:30pm yesterday near the Black River Falls State Forest. Only damage reported was several tree limbs down.
Richland County: WI Hwy 80 at County C is currently closed due to flooding. The Village of Yuba was also flooded by the Pine River forcing County C to close. Richland Center Schools were closed today due to flooded roadways in the area.
Sauk County: WI Hwy 58 in La Valle was covered by water this afternoon.
Vernon County: Kickapoo Schools were closed due to flooded roadways in the area. Campers in Sidie Hollow County Park near Viroqua were evacuated as the Pine River flowed over its banks.
The State Emergency Operations Center remains at Level 5 with Wisconsin Emergency Management working with state and county agencies to assist as needed.