Crawfish River flooding forces evacuations in Columbus

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COLUMBUS, Wis. (WMTV) --- The Crawfish River is flooding streets and homes in Columbia County.

"It is always the same spot so it is kind of hard to watch the same area of town get hit every time," Columbus fire fighter Marty Powers said.

River Road divides Columbia County and Dodge County is shut down because of flood waters. The water levels have minimally decreased and will be monitored, according to Columbia County Emergency Management.

Between 40 to 50 people were impacted by flood waters including an assisted living center. Electric power will also be shut down on Campbell Street due to high water.

As of about 5:30 p.m. Friday, the bridge at Highways 16 and 60 remains closed due to high water, according to the city of Columbus.

Emergency management crews said they expect the water to continue to rise for the next couple of days.

“Hang in there. Heed the direction of our emergency crews. If you’re in a hot spot sort of speak listen to them and follow instructions so you can stay safe,” Patrick Vander Sanden said, City of Columbus Emergency Management.

The sandbagging location in Columbus is at the Old Countryside Ford Building. Emergency management said volunteers are there.

Residents on River Road who need to return to their homes to retrieve pets or medications are asked to call 920-350-5818, before 10 a.m. Saturday to pre-register for an escort by law enforcement to take place at noon, Saturday March 16.