Water levels high along Chippewa River

By: Jenny You Email
By: Jenny You Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – With the fresh snowfall, more rain and a warm-up on its way, we're watching for flooding potential this weekend.

Out at Owen Park in Eau Claire, the city typically sees flooding during the spring and fall seasons.

The Eau Claire County Emergency Management coordinator said there is minor flooding going on in the low lying areas at the park. Some roots and trunk are in the Chippewa River.

“We expect flooding to be minimal in the area flood staging is at 773 feet above sea-level. We don't expect it to rise over the 770 mark,” said Tom Hurley.

Typically the bicycle trail and grass area near the river gets flooded when water levels rise above the flood line.

“Structures in the area there should be aware of that and take action to protect their property if they've had basement flooding in the past,” said Hurley.

Right now the county has 10,000 sandbags, none of which has been used.

“This is a normal event in Wisconsin and we work to protect people and property and there’s very little we can do to control levels of the water,” said Hurley.

With the Farmers Market in Eau Claire starting this weekend, some folks may be worried about the Phoenix Park Pavilion getting flooded over.

Hurley said the pavilion is a mitigated area here the ground is raised up to withstand flooding.

In Rusk Co., the Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center says its watching for potential flooding on the Flambeau River, south of the Thornapple Dam. That water flows directly into the Chippewa River.

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