Waupaca County flooding concerns remain low

Posted at 6:45 PM, Mar 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-24 10:08:41-04

With a foot of snow pushing through much of northeast Wisconsin those along those already swollen rivers maybe getting concerned as it starts to add up and then eventually melt. Out in Waupaca county home owners and fisherman are dealing with the threat and optimistic about the Fox River’s rising conditions.

Along the Fox, Wolf, Embarrass and even Little Wolf River’s folks are used to a little flooding this time of year. But they're not entirely used to getting slapped with a foot of snow in spring.

Despite the beginnings of snow Wednesday afternoon, people are still taking to the Wolf River in Fremont, looking for walleye.

"We spent a few hours out here today and picked up a few," Brian Loos of Mayville says while docking his boat with his father.

But with water pushing over docks in many areas in Fremont, they have to keep their eye out for more than just fish.

"It's a little bit harder to navigate if you don't know where you're going or where the docks are. You can run right into them a bit easier now," adds Loos.

And by the time an anticipated 12 to 14 inches of snow falls on the shores, the Waupaca County Emergency Manager’s office says it does contribute to the flooding problem.

"That's not gonna help our water situation in the area rivers," says Deputy Director Eric Halverson of the Waupaca County Emergency Manager’s Office.

The Waupaca County Emergency Management’s office says it shouldn't be devastating for lakeshore owners though. Because despite the anticipated snow coming, it should only raise the level of local waterways about two inches.

"It's very similar to the water levels that we had in 2011 which didn't create any major problems," adds Halverson.

And with a fairly early thaw this year at the least, the water has a good path to run down stream. Which doesn’t necessarily ensure no major flooding, but it does contribute in helping water levels get back to something that we're all more used to.

The Winnebago County Emergency Manager warns that increasing water levels on Lake Winnebago combined with strong winds may produce minor flooding on the western shore of the lake over the next two days. Which is something that homeowners on the west end will have to keep an eye out for.