September 15, 2014

Heavy rains prompt flood concerns

Chippewa River overflow a year ago. (PHOTO: Jackie Johnson file 05/08/13)

Chippewa River overflow between Eau Claire and Durand. (FILE PHOTO: Jackie Johnson 05/08/13)

Parts of eight rivers in Wisconsin remain under flood warnings, after heavy rains and thunderstorms pounded the southern half of the state this weekend.

The Wisconsin River at Portage and the Chippewa River at Durand are both expected to stay above their banks until Thursday and minor flooding has been reported. The Fox River in Kenosha County will rise above its flood stage by early afternoon. Parts of the Kickapoo, Milwaukee, Sheboygan, and Root rivers are all projected to go above their banks today and tonight with minor-to-moderate floods possible. The Mississippi River also has flood warnings in a couple spots.

Flash flood watches were in effect throughout southern Wisconsin, where another inch or two was possible, on top of the 2-4 inches of rain from earlier in the weekend. The National Weather Service also issued an urban and small stream flood advisory overnight for Winnebago and Calumet counties.

Oshkosh had one-and-a-quarter inches from late yesterday through 11 p-m. Nearby Chilton had almost four-and-a-quarter inches of rain for both Saturday and Sunday. Southwest Wisconsin had several mudslides in Richland and Crawford counties Sunday night. Madison and Milwaukee both broke 138-year-old rainfall records for Sunday; Madison 2.6 inches and Milwaukee with around 1.5 inches.

Meanwhile, the problem in northern Wisconsin is snow. Rhinelander had almost four inches as of three this morning. A region bounded by Park Falls, Wausau, Marinette, and the Upper Michigan border is under winter weather advisories until later today, with two to five inches of snow predicted.