Flood warnings issued


Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN – The National Weather Service in Marquette and Green Bay have issued a flood warning for rivers in Wisconsin and Michigan.

Rivers in Florence, Forest, Marinette, Dickinson and Iron counties affected include the Menominee River in Florence and Dickinson County, the Brule River near Commonwealth and the Paint River at Crystal Falls.

A flood warning for the Menominee River near Florence extends through Saturday night. On Tuesday, the river was at 9 feet. The flood stage is 9 feet, so minor flooding is forecast.

Weather officials predict the flood stage to continue to rise to near 9.1 feet and fall below flood stage by early Saturday morning.

The Brule River stage was 12.5 feet on Tuesday evening. The flood stage is 12 feet.

Weather officials state flooding for these rivers is mainly confined to the wooded lowland.

The Paint River at Crystal Falls could remain bankfull into the start of the weekend.

On Tuesday, the Paint was at 7.5 feet. The flood stage is 7 feet.

Officials predict the river will continue to rise near 7.8 feet by late tonight and fall below flood stage Thursday evening.

At 7 feet, waterfront park areas near the M-69 bridge and low lying areas along the river in Crystal Falls become inundated. At 7.5 feet, the river exceeds bankfull stage.

Those near water are reminded that even 6 inches of fast moving flood water can knock one off their feet, and a depth of 2 feet will float a vehicle.

If there is flood water, stop, turn around and go another way.

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