National Weather Service: Ontario under flood warning

The following is from the National Weather Service:
 
The National Weather Service in La Crosse has issued a flood warning for the Kickapoo River at Ontario from Thursday morning until further notice. At 8 a.m. Wednesday, the stage was 9.7 feet. Flood stage is 16.0 feet. Moderate flooding is forecast. Forecast: Rise above flood stage by Thursday morning and continue to rise to near 18.8 feet by Thursday evening. Impact: At 18.0 feet, flooding occurs along the river in the Ontario area. Water may be over Highway P near Bridge 10, and also over Winchell Valley Road at Bridge 8.
 
Flood Warning
National Weather Service, La Crosse WI
10:26 a.m. Wednesday
 
Snow melt paired with recent and forecast rainfall are expected to lead to flooding along the Kickapoo River. Some ice jamming is also possible, which could lead to rapid fluctuations in river levels. Keep up to date with the latest river forecasts.
 
River forecasts take into account both observed and forecast precipitation.
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
 
• If you live in a threatened area, be alert for high or rising water, and be ready to move to higher ground if necessary.
 
• Do not drive cars into flooded areas. Remember, it only takes two feet of water to float most automobiles, including sport utility vehicles. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
 
• Stay tuned to your favorite source of weather information, including NOAA Weather Radio, for later statements.
 
Additional river and weather information is available at http://www.weather.gov/lacrosse.

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