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Wis. utility warns residents of flood preparedness

GREEN BAY (AP) -- Wisconsin Public Service Corp. is updating emergency plans for its hydroelectric dams, which could include releasing major volumes of water that could inconvenience people living downstream.

The utility says those residents will need to be ready to evacuate during those events. WPS spokesman Bruce Crocker says it's like being prepared for a tornado or other unlikely event.

According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, WPS recommends that people living near the Peshtigo River have battery-operated weather radios. The utility also suggests they plan evacuation routes in case of floods.

WPS singled out areas downstream from four dams along the river that could be affected if a sudden water release were necessary. They're areas seven to 17 miles downstream of Caldron Falls, High Falls, Johnson Falls and Sandstone Rapids.

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