December 21, 2014

Officials on flood watch

Double rainbow in Madison (FILE PHOTO: Jackie Johnson)

Rainbow in Madison (FILE PHOTO: Jackie Johnson)

Emergency officials are keeping a close eye over the next 48 hours on the potential for flooding.

The National Weather Service is looking at the potential for one to four inches of rain in Wisconsin starting on Wednesday and going through Thursday and into Friday. “That could put a lot of streams and rivers — that are already at high levels — into the flood zone and beyond. So, we’re really gonna be having to watch a lot of rivers around the state.”

Tod Pritchard with Wisconsin Emergency Management says the most rain is expected in the southern part of the state. Over 500,000 sandbags are prepositioned in various areas standing by.

“And, on top of all that, it looks like we could have three to six inches of snow in the west central parts of the state. So, Wednesday and Thursday is really looking like it could be a big mess.”

Pritchard urges motorists to be careful. Call 511 or visit 511wi.gov to get the latest road conditions. “It’s really gonna be that crazy mix of rain, snow, sleet that can make driving really treacherous.”