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Oconto River rising closely monitored by emergency management

Warmer temperature have caused record snow and ice pack to melt, raising Oconto River level speeds. Emergency management officials prepare for action if needed.
OCONTO (WFRV) The Oconto River is crashing through the Oconto Falls Upper Dam at a high rate of speed. That has Oconto County Emergency Management keeping a closer eye on rising water levels than during past springs.

"Look at the threats we've had. We had a lot of snow. We've had a lot of ice," said Tim Magnin, Oconto County Director of Emergency Management.


50 and 60-degree temperatures are causing those large snow and ice packs to start melting. That's raising water levels up stream and boosting river current speeds up to 2,000 cubic feet per minute. That's been enough to trigger a "yellow" alert to some river front residents and prompt emergency management to take precautions

"It was more stay away, be alert, be conscious of what's happening around you," Magnin said. "We ordered more sand bags , the county did. Municipalities have to request those sand bags. We don't give them to individuals."

With the prolonged winter and heavier snow fall, had anticipated much greater flood risks. But current weather conditions have worked in their favor, so far. far.

"That one Monday we had hat was real warm, a couple of days like that in a row, we would have had some problems. We were fortunate to have those 40-degree day, 30-degree days," said Magnin.

Local 5's Terry Kovarik has the story.

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