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UPDATE: Reports of Flooding in the NBC15 Viewing Area


UPDATED Thursday, March 14, 2013 --- 2:44 p.m.

Press Release from the Rock Co. Sheriff's Office:

A flood warning remains in effect for the Rock County area at this time, specifically on the Sugar River. While the National Weather Service in Sullivan has anticipated water levels will continue to fall, we are still experiencing flooding to lowland areas and agricultural land throughout the county. Several roads remain closed due to high waters or roadway damage.

At this time, the following areas are still being monitored:

West Keesey Rd. between S. Dickey Rd and CTH T – Closed due to a large sink hole.
North Emerald Grove Rd. - Between CTH M and East Six Corners Rd. – Closed due to high waters but currently frozen over.
East Rotamer Rd. – Between North Henke Rd. and North Milton Shopiere Rd. – Closed due to high waters but currently frozen over.
Sugar River Park – Continued flooding

The following areas have improved significantly:

Turtle Creek – Beloit and Clinton. Water levels in both areas have receded at this time.
Sugar River – Forecasts indicate the Sugar River will continue to fall to below flood stage by Friday afternoon.

The following are additional areas of concern in Rock County:

West Beloit – Newark Rd. – Between South Avon Store Rd and South Hopkins Rd. – Closed due to high waters
E. CTH A and North Scharine Rd – Use caution at this time due to significant water on roadways

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to avoid traveling across high waters on roadways and continue to report any roads they come across that are impassable. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary.

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UPDATED Tuesday, March 12, 2013 --- 11:00 p.m.
Reporter: Phil Levin

Rising rivers are overflowing fields and roads in Rock County.

On Tuesday, the Sugar River in Brodhead rose two feet above its flood stage. Nearby Beloit Newark Rd. is covered by about a foot of water and impassable, as area fields flood.

Among the damage, part of W. Keesey Rd. crumbled into a 6-foot hole the could hold a small car. Neighbors say it opened Monday morning.

Rock County Emergency Management staff are also concerned that a warmup late this week and more precipitation in the forecast could extend the flooding. Areas around Turtle Creek in the Beloit area as well as along the Rock River are also flooding.

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UPDATED Tuesday, March 12, 2013 --- 4:01 p.m.

Press Release from the Rock Co. Sheriff's Office:

A flood warning remains in effect for the Rock County area at this time. With continued precipitation and warming temperatures, the potential for flooding is still a concern.

At this time, the following areas are being monitored for high water levels:

West Keesey Rd. in Spring Valley Township - Closed
North Emerald Grove Rd. - Between CTH M and East Six Corners Rd. - Closed
East Rotamer Rd. – Between North Henke Rd. and North Milton Shopiere Rd. - Closed
Sugar River Park and Avon Township
Turtle Creek – Beloit and Clinton. Both have exceeded flood levels at this time.
Sugar River – Brodhead (Affecting Rock County and Green County)

Following reports received from the National Weather Service in Sullivan, the Rock River in Afton is also being monitored for a chance of flooding by next week as water levels rise towards the flood stage.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to avoid traveling across high waters on roadways and continue to report any roads they come across that are impassable. Due to unpredictable waters, please avoid swimming, fishing and other water-related recreational activities in these areas at this time.

Anyone that is concerned about flooding near their property is encouraged to contact the Rock County Sheriff’s Office – Emergency Management Division at 608-758-8440 Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm or visit http://www.nws.noaa.gov/floodsafety/ for additional flood safety tips. Sandbags will be available as needed.

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UPDATED Tuesday, March 12, 2013 --- 9:54 a.m.

Press Release from the Marquette Co. Sheriff's Department:

Marquette County Emergency Management would like the citizens of Marquette County to be aware that there are sandbags available for anyone who is being affected by seasonal flooding caused by the recent rains, and melting snow.

The sandbags and sand are free of charge to Marquette County residents, and are located at the Marquette County Highway Department located at the 321 Underwood Ave. in the City of Montello.

Bring a shovel and take as many as you need.

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UPDATED Monday, March 11, 2013 --- 5:54 p.m.

Press Release from the Rock Co. Sheriff's Department:

Due to significant precipitation and rising temperatures, The Rock County area is currently under a flood warning. The Rock County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports of hazardous areas where water levels are high and in some instances are causing significant travel concerns.

At this time, the following incidents are being monitored by the Rock County Sheriff’s Office and 911 Communications Center:

West Keesey Rd. in Spring Valley Township – Closed due to high water levels over the roadway.
North Emerald Grove Rd. - Between CTH M and East Six Corners Rd. – Closed due to high water levels over the roadway.
East Rotamer Rd. – Between North Henke Rd. and North Milton Shopiere Rd. – Closed due to high water levels over the roadway.
Turtle Creek – Beloit and Clinton. Both have exceeded flood levels at this time.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to avoid traveling across high waters on roadways and report any roads they come across that are impassable. Anyone that is concerned about flooding near their property is encouraged to contact the Rock County Sheriff’s Office – Emergency Management Division at 608-758-8440 Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm or visit http://www.nws.noaa.gov/floodsafety/ for additional flood safety tips. Sandbags will be available as needed.

Further updates will be provided as we continue to monitor the water levels across the county.

ROBERT D. SPODEN
SHERIFF

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UPDATED Monday, March 11, 2013 --- 5:50 p.m.

Lafayette County was under a flood warning Monday. The Pecatonica River in Darlington overlowed into parking lots, roads, bridges, and parks.

The river reached 14.4 feet high. Flood level is 13.5. Darlington Police Chief Jason King said it's usually only two or three feet high.

Several streets were closed off but not completely impassable.

The chief said basically anywhere along the river on highway 23 to highway 81 is seeing flooding. Lafayette County Fairgrounds are especially soaked, but the river crested between 11:00 and 11:45 a.m.

Lafayette Count's highway commissioner called this flood "pretty minor" compared to years past.

There was no major damage or evacuations. The chief said that's mainly due to the city's flood mitigation plan with elevated homes and businesses torn down that were in flood zones.

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UPDATED Monday, March 11, 2013 --- 1:28 p.m.

Press Release from the City of Beloit:

Beloit, Wisconsin (March 11, 2013) – Due to the extreme fluctuation in the weather and the frost level underground, several areas of the City of Beloit are experiencing isolated flooding. Most of the flooding is adjacent to Turtle Creek and low-lying areas.

Some portions of Turtle Creek are moving quite rapidly. The City of Beloit’s Emergency Preparedness Team urges residents to avoid any recreational activities near Turtle Creek or the Rock River, especially canoeing and kayaking. Attached are two photos of ice dams which have formed on Turtle Creek. These dams are extremely volatile and dangerous.

If you are concerned about flooding near your property, residents may pick up sandbags and/or sand at the Department of Public Works’ Operations facility located at 2351 Springbrook Court between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. this week.

Thank you for your patience during this unpredictable time. The City will continue to send updates as more information become available.

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UPDATED Monday, March 11, 2013 --- 12:36 p.m.

From the Darlington Police Department:

As of Noon today it appears the River has slowed its rising levels immensely. We believe it will not be necessary to close Main Street (Hwy 23). To put this into perspective for you, during the morning hours on Sunday, the river was rising over one foot per hour. This morning, though, the river has risen less than one inch per hour, which would indicate the end is near.

The National Weather Service's updated flood stage prediction is 14.48 feet and the stage as of 10:45 AM was 14.42 feet. They further predict the crest to occur at roughly 1:00 PM.

There are currently some city streets partially blocked and at least one street fully blocked but one can still make it to their destination by simply using some alternate city streets.

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Posted Monday, March 11, 2013 --- 12:09 p.m.

From Iowa County Emergency Management:

Some flooding has occurred in Iowa County since Sunday evening. The Village of Arena and Town of Arena are dealing with large pools of water in and around the Village. Sawle Rd in the Town of Arena is impassable at this time due to flood water. The parking lot at the Arena Manor is being pumped out so access can be gained to the Manor and Village Hall. Some basement flooding has been reported in Arena and Barneveld. The Arena Fire Department did sandbag one home in the village to prevent further damage on Sunday evening.

Residents are encouraged to report flood damage to Iowa County Emergency Management at 608-935-0329 or e-mail to icem@iowacounty.org

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Sauk Emergency Managerment - free sandbags and sand available at West Baraboo garage across from Pierce's. Bring shovel.


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