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Langlade County News

Flooding Now a Threat In The Area

June 23, 2011

Residents in the listening area will have to be on flood alert over the next few days.

The rainfall since this past weekend is the cause of the flooding concerns. The National Weather Service office in Green Bay says most locations across the area have gotten at least two inches of rain since Saturday night, with a few receiving over five inches. What does not seep in the ground will flow down the rivers and streams across the area.

The biggest flooding threat is for the Wolf River, which is why the NWS has issued a Flood Advisory for locations near the river in Langlade and Menominee County. The river's measuring devise near Langlade has the current height of the river around 9.4 feet, which is very near bank full.

The NWS says the river is expected to reach a top height there of 9.8 feet by Friday morning. This means locations along the river will experience minor flooding. People are advised to be careful if they walk by the rivers banks due to the flooding. The advisory will expire Saturday morning as the river will drop below bank full by then.

Other area locations do have to bee on alert for flooding this Thursday, as the NWS has issued a Flood Watch for Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Menominee, Oconto and Shawano counties until 1 p.m. Rainfall forecast for this day will continue to flow into area rivers and streams, increasing their height and can cause some minor flooding in prone locations.

The good news is that the rain will be lighter this Thursday compared to the past few days. Drier conditions are expected to begin on Friday and continue through the weekend.

by Rusty Mehlberg

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