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Flood water on Wolf River highest it's been in 96 years

Flooding on the Wolf River in late April, 2018 (WBAY photo)
Flooding on the Wolf River in late April, 2018 (WBAY photo)(WBAY)
Published: Apr. 29, 2018 at 8:20 PM CDT
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The Wolf River in Shiocton is setting a record for the highest flood water levels ever recorded in history.

Anything over 12 feet would be considered a flood, but on Sunday the Wolf River measured at 14.13 feet.

"I was very surprised to see it this high. I don't think I've ever seen it this high in all the years I've lived out here. So, it's very unusual. I'm sure it's because of the snow we had a few weeks ago," said Neil Schroeder, who was bird watching along Highway 76.

That breaks the last record set 96 years ago in 1922.

"I have seen a few over in New London where it was kind of bad for them-- but hopefully it's not a big threat for anybody because it does happen every year but depending on how high it is-- I think this year it might be a little bit higher than normal," said Paul Mastey, who lives in Outagamie County and was out kayaking with friends.

The National Weather Service says flood waters are only one foot below the bottom of the Highway 54 bridge.

Shiocton's Emergency Manager says they're prepared with sandbags, ready to be put out at a moments notice.

"Right now we have high water. It's nothing serious right now, but there's a few minor spots. There are a couple of roads in the township of Bovina that are probably under water a little. Other than that, this time there are no real hazard to say," said Eugene Bunnel, Fire Chief and Emergency Manager for the Village of Shiocton.

The flood warning on the Wolf River affects Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca and Winnebago Counties through Monday.