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Shelter opens in Portage as people evacuate flooded areas in Sauk, Columbia counties

UPDATE (WKOW) — The local Red Cross chapter has opened a shelter in Portage for people who can’t stay in their homes as the Wisconsin River continues rising this weekend.

The Red Cross tells 27 News there is one person staying at the shelter right now, at Portage United Methodist Church at 1804 New Pinery Road.

Anyone who can’t stay in their homes right now is invited to stay at the shelter. It will be open at least until Sunday evening.


SAUK COUNTY (WKOW) — Sauk County Emergency Management and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office are advising some residents who live along the Wisconsin River to evacuate as water levels rise Saturday.

Residents who live along Levee Rd., Plummer’s Grove in the Town of Fairfield and Indian Trails near Lake Delton, are asked to seek alternative housing until further notice.

Residents in the towns of Caledonia and Lewiston, especially those along Levee Rd., Fairfield St. and the Blackhawk Park area are also advised to relocate for the time being.

Authorities say water levels are expected to rise to 20.5 feet or higher and maintain that level for several days.

According to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the anticipated levels appear to be reaching historic levels.

Roads are expected to become water-covered, and first responders may be unable to reach people in this area.

Residents are reminded to take pets, purses/wallets and medications when evacuating.

Emergency personnel say Levee Rd. is closed from Hwy. T in Sauk County through Columbia County.

Please call (608) 963-2585 if shelter is needed in Sauk County.

If you need assistance in Columbia County please contact (608) 742-4166 Ext. 1

Jenna Graham

Weekend Assignment Editor

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