Wis­con­sin levee is hold­ing

Los Angeles Times - - The Nation -

portage, wis. — Au­thor­i­ties mon­i­tor­ing a flood-bat­tered levee in Wis­con­sin were cau­tiously op­ti­mistic that the bar­rier would hold, and said Tues­day that the worst of the high-wa­ter de­struc­tion might be be­hind them.

County and state of­fi­cials said a sur­vey of the 14-mile levee showed con­di­tions had sta­bi­lized, and wa­ter lev­els on the Wis­con­sin River are now ex­pected to drop rapidly. The levee has been hold­ing back the swollen river from homes and busi­nesses in Portage and nearby Cale­do­nia in south-cen­tral Wis­con­sin.

Au­thor­i­ties have been shoring up the levee and en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to evac­u­ate. They re­ported Mon­day that the levee was in dan­ger of col­laps­ing; wa­ter had been seen bub­bling through weak­ened spots.

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