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Months of flooding creates issues for some Portage County residents

TOWN OF NEW HOPE, Wis. (WAOW) — Some people who live along the 70-acre Sunset Lake in the Town of New Hope in Portage County, have experienced months of flooding.

“Since the ice went out around April 15 the water has just continued to rise,” resident Jenny Larsen said. 

She said the precipitation this year has only made things worse.

“The ordinary high water mark is well under water right now, Larsen said. “It’s 2 1/2 to 3 feet under water.”

Larsen added, the water has never risen above the banks, but with the groundwater rising, the lake water has nowhere to go.

“It just keeps coming and it’s seeping into my lowest level,” Larsen stated. “We put in a sump pit in our yard trying to hold it back a little bit from the home. We have sandbagged again trying to hold the rising lake water back.”

After reaching out to the county, Larsen said she was provided with sandbags and a couple tons of sand. She said communication with the county hasn’t been an issue, but the county just doesn’t currently have the available resources to provide the necessary assistance they want to give.

“Winter is coming and we don’t know how we’re going to deal with the ice and the freezing,” Larsen added. “We don’t know how to keep the sump pump running while the air temperature is below freezing.”

News 9 reached out to Portage County Executive Chris Holman, but he was unavailable.

News 9 spoke with Portage County Sheriff Mike Lukas. He said a meeting was scheduled on Wednesday night between the county and the DNR to discuss a solution and plans moving forward to address flooding issues in towns affected.

Rashad Williams

News 9 Reporter

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