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    Posted September 27, 2010 by
    Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
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    Wisconsin River flooding

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    Wisconsin River Flooding in Wisconsin Rapids, WI video PART 2


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     GPearl is a college freshman in Duluth, Minnesota. She says she likes to make a video every now and then. While at home in Wisconsin Rapids, she shot this footage of what was going on in her town. Her home is OK, but she says her father's office is in the flood zone. Luckily, it's on the second floor. In describing the flooding, GPearl says, 'It's pretty drastic. I talked to a lot of people in town and they had never seen anything like it.'
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    This is video of the flooding of the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin Rapids, WI.  The dam is Centralia Dam, located in downtown Wisconsin Rapids.  When the river crested at approximately 7:30 PM on Saturday September 25, 2010 the dam was running with all gates open at a record 78, 400 cubic feet of water per second.


    Although, thankfully, no one was injured, many homes had to be evacuated and numerous roads were closed due to flooding from the Wisconsin River and it's tributaries.  There is a unknown amont of material and physical damage to the community and Wood County was added to the disaster list by the Governor.


    Six inches of rain late in the week led to what residents are calling the worst flood they can remember.  Despite reports from local police for residents to stay away from the roaring river, families rushed to downtown to view the water, nearly 13 feet high, in person.  You can see in the video just how many people showed up.  City officials did close the Jackson Street bridge for safety concerns, but the lower bridge remained open.


    As the river level continues to drop, residents are faced with returning to and assesing their homes for damage.  Many streets remained closed still as water covers them.  The American Red Cross and the Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department are assisting evacuated residents with what they need for the time being.

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