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PORTAGE, Wi. – After more than forty season changes
living so close to the Wisconsin River shoreline, and you can bet Mike
Hollander has seen it all when it comes to flooding.


“The lower roads get flooded every year, every spring,
every fall, sometimes in the summer,” Hollander said.


Hollander said that flooding was the worst it has been as
of late a couple of years ago.  He said
the problem is not usually houses flooding out, but rather roads being blocked
by excessive water.


“I have a boat.  I
can get to town if I need to,” Hollander said.


Hollander said the sudden warm up has not been reason
enough to worry.  He said flooding close
by is almost entirely dictated by what goes on hours north.


“I'm pretty optimistic because they don't have all that
much snow up north,” Hollander said. 
“It's not like they have record snowfall.”


However, with things thawing out, Columbia County
Emergency Management isn’t taking any chances. 
Starting Monday, the county is offering free sandbags for residents.


Sandbag materials are available in the parking lot of the
Columbia County Law Enforcement Center at 403 Jackson Street.  The county is asking people to bring their
own shovel and bag if they have them. 
Otherwise, there are some premade sandbags to take home.


Hollander said sandbags won’t help him and his neighbors
with flooded out roads, but he hopes the country is taking any precautions it
can to help mitigate flooding issues.


“If we're proactive about sandbagging, already sandbags
are available, then we can be proactive about flood control,” Hollander said.


For more from Columbia County Emergency Management, visit


Flooding prep underway in Columbia County Monday, March 10 2014, 09:46 PM CDT

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