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Potential flooding in North Central Wisconsin

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WAUSAU (WAOW)- Rivers across the area are running high due to melting snow. Throw in weekend rain and flooding could become a big problem.

A flood watch remains in effect Saturday through Sunday morning.

Sam Morgan is the Manager of Operations at Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company. According to Morgan, river water level is about normal for this time of the year.

"We're not seeing abnormally high spring flows," Morgan says, "I mean every spring when the snow melts and we get a little rain, we see the flow of the Wisconsin River pop up pretty good."

Then comes this weekend's storm. With expected rain totals ranging from three-quarters of an inch to one and one-half inches... the concern for flooding increases.

The Marathon County Sheriff's Department says they have already received reports of flooded roadways. They encourage drivers to choose a different route to avoid crossing the washed out roads.

The Sheriff's Department hopes drivers will slow down, follow the signs and use common sense this year to avoid adding to the problem.

Online Reporter: Mate Barrett

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