Residents asked to evacuate due to "emergency" reservoir level in Shoto

SHOTO, Wis. -

Authorities went door-to-door Friday in the Shoto area of Manitowoc County, recommending evacuations for more than a dozen homes that are downriver from the Shoto dam.

The concern is that water levels on the West Twin River could lead to the dam’s failure, according to Manitowoc County Emergency Management Director Travis Waack.

The reservoir was at an "emergency" level as of 9 p.m. Friday, Waack said.

If the dam did fail, Waack said, such failure would happen quickly.

Residents who live near the river are asked to monitor water levels.

Waack said that deputies went door-to-door to notify residents affected by the evacuation.

Waack was not aware of any homes flooded as a result of the Shoto situation as of 9 p.m. Friday. 

The Red Cross is working with any evacuees who need help, Waack said.

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