Levee fail­ure forces res­i­dents to evac­u­ate

Los Angeles Times - - Late Extra -

Res­i­dents of a sub­di­vi­sion of the city of Portage in cen­tral Wis­con­sin were evac­u­ated as a Wis­con­sin River levee failed be­cause of flood­ing.

The Columbia County Emer­gency Man­age­ment Of­fice closed a road into the Black­hawk Park neigh­bor­hood in the af­ter­noon, say­ing no one would be al­lowed in or out un­til fur­ther no­tice.

A county of­fi­cial said the levee had failed, and the Wis­con­sin Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources said on its web­site that emer­gency man­age­ment of­fi­cials had re­ported that the Cale­do­nia-Lewis­ton sand levee just south of Portage — a city of about 10,000 peo­ple — was fail­ing.

In Min­nesota, Gov. Tim Paw­lenty is due to meet state law­mak­ers on Mon­day to dis­cuss the need for a spe­cial ses­sion to ad­dress flood re­lief for south­ern Min­nesota.

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