Flood warning issued for Oconto River

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‘We should be OK,’ says emergency management director

Warren Bluhm, wbluhm@newmedia-wi.com

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning over the weekend for the Oconto River above Oconto, continuing through 1 p.m. Thursday, March 28.

As of 10:15 a.m. Sunday, the river was at about 10.5 feet, about a foot and a half above flood stage. Up to a foot of water surrounded structures at a campground in the city of Oconto, and other minor flooding was reported in the area.

The forecast was for the river to fall below flood stage by Wednesday evening.

Emergency Services Director Tim Magnin reported to the County Board on Thursday morning that the river had first reached an alert stage March 20, having peaked at 9.3 feet on Thursday morning.

Magnin was keeping an eye on the river and said the ice melt was generally going as expected, although up to 2 feet of ice remained on the river as far west as County Road BB near Oconto Falls.

“My prediction right now is if we can make it through this next week, hopefully we don’t get a lot of rain, and hopefully that the ice melt kind of goes the way it’s going and it doesn’t break up and it actually kind of just erodes away … we should be OK, we’re just going to keep monitoring things and hope for the best,” Magnin said.