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UPDATE: Darlington bridge, schools face possibility of closure if Pecatonica continues to rise

UPDATE (WKOW) — Police in Darlington say they had to close down many streets Thursday night due to severe flash flooding, but many have since reopened.

In a Facebook post, the Darlington Police Department says the Main Street Bridge remained open, as of 10:45 p.m. Thursday.

If water gets high enough that the Main Street Bridge would need to be closed, schools would also be closed. Police say decisions about closing highways or schools will happen by 5 a.m. Friday.

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DARLINGTON (WKOW) — The north and south sides of Darlington could be separated if the Main Street Bridge closes tomorrow due to expected flooding.

If that happens, school would be closed as well.

Police say no decisions have been made as of Thursday evening, but they are warning residents about the possibility.

The National Weather Service has predicted the Pecatonica River in Darlington will reach 14.9 ft. about 7 a.m. Friday morning.

This, of course, is only a prediction and a number of variables, including rainfall amounts, will determine what the actual river level will be, according to police.

However, at 14.9 ft., Darlington will experience moderate flooding. In that case, riverfront properties, which are parks/recreation areas, will be flooded.

Low lying streets and the Main Street Bridge would have to be closed down if the water gets that high, thereby separating the north and south sides of the community.

If the Main Street Bridge is closed, school will be closed.  Businesses and homes will not be flooded if the river level stays at the 14.9 ft. level or lower.

Dan Plutchak

Social Media and Digital Content Manager, 27 News

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