SHIOCTON, Wis. (WFRV) – Residents of Shiocton were in for a bit of a surprise this past weekend.
Water flowing from the Wolf River has swept across yards and some streets, causing some pretty severe flooding.
“Ain’t much you can do about it other than just prevent what you can and save what you can,” said Butch Bunnell, Fire Chief with the Shiocton Fire Department.
Small boats remain beached in back yards and a volleyball net nearly under water. Residents say the village is used to having floods this time of year, but even these water levels still came as a surprise to most.
“We get high water every year,” says Bunnell. “It’s all got to go through here from the Wolf River Basin up north. The Wolf starts at Pine Lake up by Crandon so it takes a lot of water.”
According to the National Weather Service, the flood stage was measured at 13.5 feet over the weekend. Had it been any higher and Highway 54 would have been washed under the elements. But thanks to some volunteer help and quick thinking, any severe damage around town was avoided- at least for now.
“We did a lot of sandbagging yesterday and put out the sump pumps for basements from the emergency government,” said Bunnell. “We knew it was gonna get high. We haven’t had this much water since ’79. “
As more flooding is expected, sandbags have been made available for residents at the fire hall located on Pine Street.