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Rising water levels lead to flooding concerns on 8 rivers

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PORTAGE, WI (WTAQ) - Eight rivers in the southern half of Wisconsin have either gone over their banks, or will do so within the next couple days.  

The National Weather Service says the more rapidly responding waters have crested, after their levels rose due to last weekend's heavy rains. Slower responding rivers like the Rock are still going up.

In most cases, minor flooding is expected. Moderate floods are possible in a couple spots.  

The Wisconsin River at Portage is still 8 inches over its banks -- and more water might be on the way in a few days, due to heavy snows Wednesday and Thursday at the mouth of the river in northern Wisconsin.

Flood warnings continue on parts of the Baraboo, Fox, Milwaukee, Wolf, and Chippewa rivers. Two warnings remain on the Kickapoo River at Gays Mills and Stueben, after two other spots on the river had their warnings canceled.  

The Mississippi River is getting closer to within its banks. It's about three inches below the flood stage at Wabasha, and almost two feet below its banks at Prairie du Chien.  

Northern Wisconsin is getting another major snowstorm Wednesday, while a snow and rain mixture is falling on and off in central Wisconsin. Rain is possible later in the south.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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