Wisconsin levee is holding
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.