Northwest Wisconsin Copes with Snow and Flooding

By KBJR News 1

May 2, 2013 Updated May 2, 2013 at 8:22 PM CST

The warm, wet weather last week mixed with the latest snow storm Thursday has caused flooding in many areas around Northwestern Wisconsin.

In Iron County many parts of the community are coming together to lend a helping hand.

Seasonal flooding has overwhelmed the town of Hurley leaving the community to try and contain rising waters.

"We did some pre–bagging on Friday and over the weekend we have been monitoring some things," said Stacy Ofstad, Director of the Iron County Emergency Management team.

Hurley city officials shut down several side streets and even the main road,Silver Street, due to the Montreal River overflowing.

"The river behind me here has receded, since its high point yesterday about two feet. The cold weather yesterday and last night helped the flooding situation, but now with all the snow it's turned into a waiting game," said Ofstad.

Wednesday's snow fall adds insult to injury leaving city and county employees stretched.

"It's getting tough for them guys to get going plowing," said Iron County Highway Commissioner, John Nelson.

With only 6 guys working for the city and 8 guys on the county they had to bring in a little extra help.

"I'm out here helping collect the sand bags from the recent flooding," said Kyle Bianga, a junior at Mercer High School.

And as far as the snow is concerned, people say it just needs to stop.

Iron County Emergency Management was able to reopen the bridge on Silver Street earlier this afternoon. As for the roads... US 2 still has some slippery spots and Highway 53 is reportedly in good condition.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
kanderson@kbjr.com