After a long winter, the first flood warning of the year is
targeting a central Wisconsin river.
The flooding is expected to be minor, but experts say this
is just the first of many warnings, as all the snow continues to melt.
The Yellow River in Wood County
is expected to rise six inches above flood stage. That has some people living
in the area fearing for what's to come.
Jammie Schiller owns land right next to the Yellow River where her horses call home.
Over the weekend, Schiller says water rose above the river's
bank for the first time in years.
"There were icebergs all the way up to the fence,"
Schiller told Newsline 9.
She says her horses were just as fascinated as she was when
it was happening.
"They didn't know what was going on either, with all of
the icebergs," said Schiller.
Experts say the rising water is because of melting snow and
that's a stark contrast to just one year ago.
"We didn't have much flooding at all last year," said
Newsline 9 Meteorologist Rob Duns.
"It really hasn't flooded in a few years," said
Schiller told Newsline 9 because she has land near the river, she's
"If it does get higher, we can put them in the shed so
they won't be in the water," said Schiller.
But at the time, Schiller said she was worried.
"It was scary because we just weren't sure how much
more was going to come in. It was nice to see that it went back down,"
Experts told us the warning should expire soon.
"This is not a major flooding event. It's not going to
be a long duration event," said Duns.
Our own meteorologists said this is the beginning of flood
season. They add this is a good reminder to always be aware.
"If you live near water, it's always a good idea to
understand what the water level is, if there are any current flood warnings in
your backyard," said Duns.
The horses in Schiller's backyard have found dry land, at
least for now.
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