SHOTO, Wis. (WFRV) - Update: The flash flood watch was canceled for the Shoto Dam early Saturday morning.
According to the National Weather Service water continued to recede on the West Twin River near the Shoto Dam, so the threat of flash flooding has ended, and evacuations are no longer in effect.
However, there is a flood advisory for most of Manitowoc county until this evening.
The Manitowoc River near Manitowoc remains a little above flood stage, so a river Flood Warning remains in effect.
Emergency Management reported minor flooding in the Mishicot area, where the West Twin River was still overflowing
The National Weather service says other flood warnings and advisory's remain in effect.
Wolf River at New London affecting Outagamie...Waupaca and Winnebago Counties
The Flood Warning continues for the following rivers in our area.
Wolf River near Shiocton affecting Outagamie...Shawano and Waupaca Counties.
The Manitowoc River near Manitowoc affecting Manitowoc County
The National Weather Service is urging caution when walking near riverbanks.
Two dams in Shoto are at risk of breaking due to powerful floodwaters rising higher.
Fourteen homes were evacuated that were close to the dams.
The Red Cross is helping those homeowners who are displaced.
Dozens of onlookers gathered by one of the dams, knowing that there was a chance it could burst at any moment.
“Sometimes it’d be like two feet high at least, like, at the most, and you could walk across it,” Connor Sanford of Two Rivers said. “Now it’s like at least four feet higher.”
Many had their phones out to take photos and videos of the sight.
“I don’t know, kind of just speechless, can’t really explain it, there’s just a lot of water,” Krian Sanford of Two Rivers said.
The emergency floodline is causing major concern for crews, prompting them to close roads around it.
“To help prevent the actual dam from failing, water’s designed to come and flow over this turf and levy system behind me and sort of safely flow around the dam,” Travis Waack, the Emergency Services Director of Manitowoc County, said. “The concern is when that starts to happen there’s a risk that you could have erosion and the water could start to flow fairly rapidly around the dam.”
The dams are expected to continue to have high water levels into the weekend.
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