UPDATE: Flooding In Sauk County

UPDATED: Friday, April 15, 2011 --- 11:45 p.m.

From Sauk County Emergency Management:

RE: Recommended Evacuation No Longer In Effect for Sauk County Residents Along Wisconsin River

(Baraboo) – Wisconsin River water levels are continuing to lower at a significant rate on the upper Sauk County portion. The River reached a maximum height of 19.4 feet on Wednesday and currently is at 18.4 feet. Sauk County Emergency Management has cancelled the recommended evacuation along Levee Rd. and Plummer’s Grove in the Town of Fairfield.
Levee Rd. remains closed to traffic.

The “Slow-No Wake” on the upper portion of the Wisconsin River remains in effect until further notice.

Water levels continue to slowly rise below the Prairie du Sac dam due to high wind. Winds are expected to reduce later Friday and residents below the dam will see a rapid reduction in water levels when this happens.

Residents whose homes were flooded can get clean-up, mold remediation, well testing, and other information from the Sauk County website at www.co.sauk.wi.us and then click on the Emergency Management Department. Clean up kits are available at Sauk County Emergency Management, which is located on the first floor of the Courthouse.

Sauk County homeowners who had damage due to the Wisconsin River flooding or have questions can call Emergency Management at 608-355-3200.

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UPDATED Tuesday, April 12, 2011 --- 3:10 p.m.

From the Wisconsin EOC:

Due to an expected rise in the Wisconsin River this evening, Sauk County Emergency Management is recommending that residents along Levee Road and Plummer’s Grove in the Town of Fairfield (near Lake Delton) seek alternative housing until further notice.

Water levels are expected to rise to 19.5 feet or higher over the next few days and maintain that level for several days. The earthen berm system is unstable at this time and Department of Natural Resources personnel monitoring the situation are unsure what may occur due to the rising water. Roads are expected to become water covered and first responders may be unable to reach residents in this area to render aid.

Levee Road has been closed from Hwy T in Sauk County through Columbia County.

Residents can call the Salvation Army if they need sheltering.

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UPDATED: Monday, April 11, 2011 --- 8:50 p.m.
REPORTER: Chris Woodard

Evacuations are being urged as nervous homeowners watch the Wisconsin River rise tonight in Sauk and Columbia Counties.

In Sauk County emergency management officials are worried about the Levee Road area from Highway T to the Columbia County line.

Sadly this is nothing new for homeowners who just finished cleaning up from the last floods only 6 months ago.

Joan Fedkenheuer says, "It's a lot of lot of water."

For Fedkenheuer and her husband it is the most bitter taste of here we go again.

She says, "It's just traumatizing."

With the Wisconsin River once again rising and evacuations recommended, we found Joan in her yard. She was tending to her garden and animals. She does that when she gets nervous.

She says, "I'm trying not to panic. There is just nothing we can do. There is nothing you can do but watch."

Water marks still stain the bottom of her home from floods that hit the area last September and they're being asked to leave yet again.

Her husband Jim says, "She doesn't have the boxes unpacked yet from the last flood."

The Fedkenheuer's aren't alone as many homeowners along the river watch the water slowly swallow up their shoreline.

Levee Road is closed and as water approaches the roadway everyone living in the area has been asked to evacuate.

Sauk County Emergency Management Director Jeff Jelinek says, "Last year we learned that the water came up a lot faster than we anticipated."

Another worry is if people don't leave and roads become impassible first responders won't be able to get in to help anyone.

Despite the warning the Fedkenheuer's say they'll stay, unwilling to leave their animals behind.

Jim says, "We'll move our cars out of here and put a pen in the house for the dog."

Joan says, "It's unbelievable. It shouldn't flood twice in six months."

The Fedkenheuer's say they're hoping sandbags will be able to keep the water out of their home this time.

Emergency management officials expect the river to crest sometime later this week but say problems may begin in some spots tomorrow night.

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Posted Monday, April 11, 2011 --- 12:35 p.m.

From the Sauk County Emergency Management:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RE: Evacuation Recommended for Sauk County Residents Along Wisconsin River

Baraboo, WI – Sauk County Emergency Management is recommending those Sauk County residents along Levee Rd. and Plummer’s Grove in the Town of Fairfield, (near Lake Delton), seek alternative housing until further notice.

Water levels are expected to rise to 19 feet 6 inches or higher over the next few days and maintain that level for several days. The earthen berm system is unstable at this time and Department of Natural Resource personnel monitoring the situation are unsure what may occur due to the rising water. Roads are expected to become water covered and first responders may be unable to reach residents in this area to render aid.

Levee Rd. has been closed from Hwy. T in Sauk County through Columbia Co.

Residents can call for Salvation Army at 608-356-4895 if they need sheltering.

Please sign up for up to date information at www.Nixle.com (Sauk Co. Nixle Emergency Information System).


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