Local weather experts warn of heavy spring flooding

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WAUSAU, Wis (WSAW) -- With warmer weather and rain in the forecast, weather experts are predicting a higher chance of flooding along Wisconsin Rivers this spring.

Flooded road background / Cropped Photo: Richard Masoner / CC BY-SA 2.0 / (MGN)

The Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company in Wausau manages 21 dams throughout north central Wisconsin, over the winter they have slowly lowered the water levels to decrease the chances of flooding.

“The water that we released in the winter helps provide more water in the Wisconsin River,” stated Peter Hansen, Vice President of Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company. “At the same time, we are making room to catch rainwater from the spring and snow runoff.”

The National Weather Service says spring flooding is always expected, but this year there’s more snow to melt and the ground is frozen at least three to four inches below the surface.

“We don’t anticipate major flooding across all rivers in central and north Wisconsin, but certainly there’s a higher than average threat due to the snowpack,” added Jeff Last, Warning Coordination Meteorologist.

Hansen believes the Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company has drawn a healthy amount of water from all of their locations, but still advise of flooding throughout the area.

Anyone who lives near a large body of water is advised to check the forecast consistently leading into April.