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Cristobal Could Mean Localized Northwoods Flooding This Week

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The remnants of tropical storm Cristobal and another weather system will affect the Northwoods and central Wisconsin late Tuesday afternoon and into Wednesday, with widespread rainfall amounts of up 2 inches, and possibly higher amounts.

Lakes and rivers continue to be at high levels from ample moisture over the past year or so.

We asked Peter Hansen, vice-president of operations at Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company if this sudden burst of moisture could affect the area by the Wisconsin River dams...

"Absolutely it will affect things, but we're prepared. We're monitoring it. We have been through the weekend..."

He says it's likely there will increased flows either from the runoff or dam operation. He says the warm dry weather sees normal flows but things can change very quickly...

"Come Tuesday-Wednesday when you're in the middle of this rain event, and following this rain event, things can change very quickly and they need to be aware of that and be prepared and very much watching their surroundings and what's happening..."

The National Weather Service says the fast movement of the system should prevent widespread flooding from occurring, but high rainfall rates during a short period of time may cause urban and small stream flooding Tuesday night.

Additional pockets of heavy rainfall may occur with a second low pressure system Wednesday afternoon and night. Another half inch to an inch of rain may occur, and result in rising water levels on rivers and streams through the end of the work week

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