Sugar River floods roads, threatens homes in Albany

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ALBANY (WKOW) — Green County faced flooding in its riverside communities as the Sugar and Pecatonica Rivers swelled. In Albany, that meant several road closures across the village and water creeping closer and closer to many homes.

Carl Carstensen lives along the Sugar River.

“This morning when I woke up I was pretty surprised at how high the water had gotten,” he said.

As the water rose, Carstensen said he had to take some familiar precautions.

“I’m glad I tied the boat off or it would’ve went down the river,” he said.

Thursday morning, Carstensen said he was able to walk around his boat to tie it down. By the evening that boat was floating in the water.

Fortunately, he said his home is on high enough ground that the water hasn’t yet seeped in.

“If the water comes up another two feet, I’ll be getting nervous,” he said.

Across the county, Emergency Management Director Tana McKeon said the water was already high enough to close roughly 18 roads and highways.

“It seems like it’s never ending in Green County lately,” she said.

That’s because many of those roads closed not too long ago.

“Last February we had an ice dam that came down through here and we had lots of roads that time too,” McKeon said. “And then again in August.”

Now March marks the third flood in a little over a year.

“We just don’t seem to recover from all of this,” McKeon said.

As for those who live along the Sugar River, they say they’re seeing the threat rise as well.

“If it comes up another foot or two, it will definitely be the highest I’ve ever seen,” Carstensen said.

The Sugar River is expected to crest Friday morning. It’s expected to crest just below major flood stage in Albany but may rise to major flood stage further downstream in Brodhead.

For the most recent information on river levels check here.

Michelle Alfini

Michelle Alfini

Reporter, WKOW

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