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Flood waters rise again

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Photo by Steven Looney These port-a-potties at the Cold Springs Access were flooded during the Oct. 29-30 rains.
Rain has been steadily pouring down through the whole month of October that it recently had no where else to go except up and over the banks of rivers and creeks and onto roads and, in some instances, in people's houses.

Oregon County Commissioner Leo Warren said the county is expecting there to be some road damage to deal with when the rain stops. "We won't know the damage until the water goes down," Warren said on Oct. 30.

"Some places got pretty big ditches, and there's several places you can't cross," Warren said. "People just got to watch themselves."

He said at his house he measured about five inches in his rain gauge that accumulated during the day and night of Oct. 29.

Oregon County Sheriff George Underwood said as of Oct. 30, A Highway, Highway 142 (near the Eleven Point River), Y Highway, M Highway and K Highway were all closed until the water recedes.

"A Highway will probably have to be cleared off before people travel on it," Underwood said. He also said on Highway 142 the Eleven Point River was over the highway by about a foot.

Couch School was out due to high water. Alton School didn't have classes because of the flu.

Koshkonong School District still had classes but had a scheduled half day for teacher in-service, said Superintendent Luke Boyer.

The Thayer School District was able to have classes, because, according to Superintendent Rod Priest, most of its students live in town rather than in rural areas.

Alton Superintendent Shelia Wheeler said if it wasn't for so many students having the flu, the school probably would have shut down anyway due to so many of its students living in rural areas that flood whenever there has been a large accumulation of rain. School was scheduled to be back in session in Alton by Nov. 3.

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