CENTRAL WISCONSIN (WAOW) — Flooding has affected communities across central Wisconsin, including in Portage and Marathon counties.
Officials say the severe flooding is due to a combination of the rain, snow melt, and frost.
“Never did we envision that we’d have twice the normal snow fall, and then heavy rains, and then warm winter weather before the ground could thaw out,” said Plover Village Administrator Dan Mahoney.
In Plover, the village municipal center was converted in to a shelter for those who experienced flooding at home. They were also offering residents sand and sandbags.
In Marathon County, residents stocked up on supplies.
“I’m getting a pump to pump water away from my house because it’s so deep and it’s encroaching up to my basement door. I don’t want that coming in,” said Elaine Sinkowski.
Officials are urging drivers to avoid standing water. In Portage County, many vehicles have been stranded due to high standing water across the roads.