Melting snow raises Wolf River water levels

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Saturday boat launches along the boat river were busy as fishermen set out to enjoy the pleasant weather.

Don Theile of Kaukauna was among a small number who braved the cold a week earlier to fish from docks in Shiocton.

“It was windy,” he told Local Five. “And the snow was very deep. The plow came in the parking lot and did a loop, and we were able to get in.”

While a week has made a world of difference as far as the weather goes, Theile says that it has also changed the water level on the Wolf River.

He says the water now sits two to three feet higher than the week prior.

Even with that increase, the water level has not yet reached  “dangerously high.”

“This is actually low for this time of the year. Normally it would be higher,” Theile said.

But with several of inches of snow left to melt, Theile says he would not be surprised to see flooding in the area come next week.

Waupaca County agrees.

On Friday, the Waupaca County Office of Emergency Management announced that starting Monday, April 23, the area around the Wolf River will officially be under a “flood emergency.”

That means that a SLOW-NO-WAKE zone will be in effect on the Wolf River downstream of the City of New London starting Monday. 

The declaration will last until the Wolf River’s water level has receded to a “non threatening level.”

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