The Columbia County Emergency Management Office is advising that river levels in Columbia County are rising, and are expected to rise significantly more in the next few weeks.
Currently, the Wisconsin River is at 12.95 feet, with the National Weather Service predicting it will rise to 16.5 feet by next Wednesday (March 11). Minor Flood Stage is 17 feet. The Baraboo, Crawfish, and Fox rivers are all expected to rise to near Action Stage. Changes in temperature, melt, and rain fall can cause river levels to rise quickly, so preparations should be made to move vehicles, equipment, and other items to higher ground until the spring thaw has ended.
While the Lodi Valley has a significant amount of marshland to absorb melt water, it may not be enough. The Spring Creek watershed extends all the way to Dane, bringing a lot of water from the surrounding hills and fields.
A Lodi native, Blaze attended the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay where he graduated with a degree in theatre technology & design. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world–including a 6-year stint in China. He has been a teacher, a writer, a designer, and is the founder of the Redleaf Consulting Group.