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Lanes of I-39, 90/94 reopened Monday as National Guard finishes placing sandbags to hold back floodwaters of the Baraboo River

September 4, 2018
The Cascade Mountain BP was barricaded and closed on Monday morning, after flood waters from the Baraboo River rose around Highway 33 at Interstate-90/94 and further west at Interstate-39.

The Wisconsin State Patrol closed sections of Interstate 39 and Interstate 90/94 Sunday evening as the National Guard arrived to provide flood support and hold back the Baraboo River.

Lanes were closed as members of the National Guard lined portions of the highways between Portage and Cascade Mountain Road with sandbags.

At about 8 a.m. Monday, access to Interstate 90/94 from Highway 33 was reopened as water continued to rush through the area from the Baraboo River. The Cascade Mountain BP, surrounded with sandbags, was closed due to flooding.

Further east, at Interstate 39, IAA Ignite Auctions was surrounded by water.

At 8 a.m. Monday, the National Weather Service predicted the Baraboo River had crested at 23.3 feet east of Baraboo, 7 feet above flood stage. The river is expected to recede past the threshold of flood stage at 16 feet late Wednesday or early Thursday.

In the Portage area, although the front yards of houses between Portage and the interstate were underwater Monday morning, the Wisconsin River was well below flood stage at 12.34 feet, below the “action” stage of 12.7 feet.

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