The National Weather Service is warning of an above average risk of spring flooding. Wisconsin Emergency Management Spokesperson Lori Getter says they’ve been in contact with the agency and local officials, to ensure resources including equipment and sandbags are covered.
Emergency Management is keeping a close eye on waterways especially areas along the Mississippi and Chippewa Rivers. Among smaller waterways the agency is concerned with, the Kickapoo River around Gays Mills which is running higher than normal.
With rain forecast this weekend in parts of the state, Getter anticipates potential low land river flooding. If heavy rains hit, the future could bring major floods.
Causes for spring flooding include snow melting, new rainfall and higher than normal rainfall before the winter freeze.