Highway departments prep for possible flooding

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW)- A flash flood watch is in effect for west central Wisconsin, and in Chippewa County they’re prepared for more rain.

Officials said they’re keeping an eye on the roads but don’t expect any major flooding.

Chippewa County Highway Commissioner Brian Kelley said they don’t have any roads that are known for flooding.

He said what they look out for is faulty culverts.

A culvert is a structure that allows water to flow under the road connecting to ditches or another drainage point.

Kelley said some of the culverts are getting old and they try to replace the ones that are in bad shape, but with enough rain there’s always the possibility one of the culverts could be washed out.

He said it’s important to stay safe and never risk it if you see standing water.

“Potentially a really dangerous situation,” Kelley said. “I mean even if there’s only a foot of water running over the road it’s strong enough sometimes it could wash a car into the ditch. So, we tell people if you can’t tell how deep it is don’t even bother. Turn around and then you don’t have to worry about drowning.”

Kelley said if a road does flood they will put barricade ups and close the road.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee

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