Wisconsin River expected to reach flood stage in Portage by Wednesday
The Wisconsin River is expected to reach flood stage in Portage Wednesday morning, according to a release from Columbia County Emergency Management.
The river is forecasted to crest at 18.2 feet by Thursday afternoon, officials said.
At 18.2 feet, it will be the seventh highest crest recorded in Portage, and it will result in widespread flooding along the Wisconsin River, according to the release.
Officials expect the lower areas of Blackhawk Park and County Road V in the town of Dekorra by Oak Knoll Road to flood.
The Baraboo River is also expected to reach minor flood stage, and is forecasted to crest at 18.5 feet on Friday.
If the Baraboo River crests, it could cause flooding on Tritz Road in the town of Caledonia.
“People who live in low-lying areas along the Wisconsin River are encouraged to take appropriate actions and to monitor the river levels for any change,” the release said.
Flood clean-up kits will be available when the floodwaters go down at the Law Enforcement Center at 711 E. Cook St. in Portage.