DNR monitoring Caledonia and Lewiston levees near Portage as Wisconsin River rises

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  1. By Central Office December 15, 2015

    Contact(s): Brian Hefty, DNR district property supervisor, 608-576-1403, [email protected]; Jennifer Sereno, DNR communications, 608-770-8084, [email protected]

    PORTAGE, Wis. - The Wisconsin River is expected to rise to flood levels in the Portage area on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

    As a precaution, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff members are monitoring the Caledonia and Lewiston levees twice daily. If river levels reach 19.4 feet, monitoring will expand to a round-the-clock surveillance schedule. Currently, river levels are projected to rise to 18.2 feet; flood stage is 17 feet and the river is now at 15.96 feet.

    "As part of our preparedness efforts, DNR will monitor and evaluate the integrity of the levees and keep other government agencies informed on the status," said Brian Hefty, DNR district property supervisor. "Public and responder safety are priorities for us."

    As the river rises, city of Portage and Columbia County officials plan to limit access to affected areas until the Wisconsin River recedes to safe levels.

    Find flood-related health and safety advice by going dnr.wi.gov and entering the search word "emergencymanagement.wi.gov. Columbia County information is available at the county's emergency management website.

    To monitor Wisconsin River levels, visit the National Weather Service Sullivan, Wisconsin office online, click the "rivers and lakes" tab, then on the button for the Wisconsin River at Portage (all links exit DNR).

    Last Revised: Tuesday, December 15, 2015