Evacuations complete in Rock Springs after flooding

Published: Aug. 30, 2018 at 4:45 AM CDT
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Evacuations are now complete in Rock Springs after water quickly rose on Thursday, August 30th.

Overnight, the Baraboo River overflowed the bank and spilled into downtown Rock Springs. The water has already risen around 3 – 4 inches in the past couple of hours and it is expected to go up even higher. All of the roads leading into Rock Springs are currently closed, including Broadway Street.

"The water levels came up quicker than we expected. Our patrol men noticed that the water was coming up pretty rapidly so we activated the North Freedom Fire Department with the anticipation of evacuating homes," said Lt. James Hodges, Sauk County Sheriff's Office.

According to Sauk County Emergency Management, a shelter was opened at the West Square Building, 505 Broadway, Baraboo, Rm. B-24, but they didn’t need to use it.

If you have water around your house and can't get out, call 911. Kobussen is providing transportation to shelter or alternative location. Please call 608-355-3200 with questions.

A resident from Rock Rivers said they started to prepare for the flooding on Wednesday and a lot of the downtown buildings were already evacuated Thursday morning.