Oak-Island-no-jumping-or-diving-from-bridgeEvery spring as the snow melts in Northern Wisconsin, that water flows to the Wisconsin River. We then feel the effects downstream with high water, swift currents, and minor flooding. With such a long, cold winter, and plenty of snow in the Northern part of the state, this year’s melting snow and river flow will certainly approach record levels.

Oak-Island-Park-boat-landing-floodedAlready we are seeing high water and minor flooding in Wausau’s Oak Island park. Sitting on a low spot along the banks of the Wisconsin River, this park is always one of the first places in the city to see flooding when the dams open up and the currents run fast. Some years I’ve seen the park completely underwater with the river lapping near the roadway of River Drive. Could it get that high this year? There is still plenty of snow to melt up north and with predicted rain this weekend, the river could really swell in the next few days.

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Here’s some images I took on Friday of the river currents and minor flooding around the Oak Island park bridge. Check it out if you can.

Swift-Water-at-oak-island-park-bridgePictures alone don’t give you the full impact of the river’s current. To really see the effects of the high water and swift currents, check out the short video I shot around the bridge on Friday.

Heading upstream to the Wausau Hydro plant, the view is slightly different. Only three of the five floodgates are open and the river above the dam looks like a big holding pen for the chunks of ice and debris that have collected.

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Wausau-Hydro-Plant-Thin-IceThin ice for sure.