Wisconsin River expected to rise to near record-levels near Portage Easter weekend

April 19, 2019 GMT

The Wisconsin River is rising to near record-breaking levels and could crest above 20 feet this weekend.

According to a National Weather Service forecast at 1:29 p.m. Friday, the Wisconsin River is expected to crest at 20.3 feet Saturday − nearing an existing record of 20.7 feet set in September 2010.

The river levels could reach 20.5 feet by Monday.

The last observed value of the Wisconsin River was 17.95 feet at 2 p.m. Friday.

Minor flood stage begins at 17 feet, and major flood stage begins above 19 feet.

According to a press release from Columbia County’s Emergency Management Office, people can pickup sandbags at the Columbia County Highway Shop, 338 West Old Highway 16, in Wyocena.

People also can fill up sandbags at Sunset Park in Portage. They just need to bring their own shovel and have a means of hauling the sand in a truck or trailer, city of Portage Administrative Assistant Carrianne Engelhart said.