Significant Flooding in Central Wisconsin on September 23, 2010

Very heavy rainfall late on September 23, 2010, exceeding four inches in parts of Wood, Portage, Marathon and Waupaca counties, produced significant flooding across central Wisconsin.  Hundreds of homes were impacted in central Wisconsin alone and crops were lost due to the flooding rains. 

Several area rivers exceeded flood stage during the event.  The Yellow River at Babcock crested at the highest level ever recorded at the site, reaching 6.4 feet above flood stage.  The Wisconsin River at Rothschild (Marathon Co.) reached the second highest level ever recorded there, but almost three feet below the historic 1941 flood.

Two-day rainfall amounts across the NWS Green Bay service area ranged from just under a half inch in southern Manitowoc County to nearly 6 inches in western Wood County.

Rainfall map - Click for larger image

Here's a table with rainfall totals from northeast and central Wisconsin:

LOCATION                RAINFALL
                         INCHES
......NORTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN......
...VILAS COUNTY...
ARBOR VITAE JOHNSON LK    2.70
BOULDER JUNCTION 2N       3.44
EAGLE RIVER SOUTH         2.45
PRESQUE ISLE              3.37
WINCHESTER 3NE            3.10
PHELPS DNR                2.38
LAC VIEUX DESERT          2.57

...ONEIDA COUNTY...
MINOCQUA                  2.95
RHINELANDER AIRPORT       2.38
WOODRUFF DNR              2.80

...LINCOLN COUNTY...
MERRILL 8W                4.13
TOMAHAWK-RICE RESERVOIR   2.52
TOMAHAWK DNR              2.55
SPIRIT FALLS WVIC         4.38

......NORTHEAST WISCONSIN......
...FOREST COUNTY...
ALVIN 3 NW                2.60
ARGONNE 2NW               2.87
CRANDON                   2.85
LAONA DNR                 3.36

...FLORENCE COUNTY & ADJACENT UPPER MICHIGAN...
AURORA 4W HOMESTEAD       3.58
AURORA                    4.41
IRON MOUNTAIN AIRPORT     3.32
FLORENCE 3N USGS/WE       3.12

...MARINETTE COUNTY...
AMBERG 9E                 3.11
ATHELSTANE 2E             3.14
BEAVER 2W                 2.99
CRIVITZ WPS               2.94
PESHTIGO                  3.02
MENOMINEE, MI AIRPORT     2.04
NIAGARA USGS/WE ENERGY    2.55

...LANGLADE COUNTY...
SUMMIT LAKE               3.70
LILY 2NE                  3.43
ANTIGO DNR                3.54

...OCONTO COUNTY...
OCONTO FALLS              3.37
OCONTO RADIO WOCO         3.48

...MENOMINEE COUNTY...
KESHENA BIA               3.44

......CENTRAL WISCONSIN......
...MARATHON COUNTY...
WAUSAU FAA AIRPORT        3.56
DANCY 1NE                 4.85
SPENCER WWTP              5.17
WAUSAU NORTHEAST          3.84
STRATFORD USGS/WVIC       3.95
MOSINEE DNR               4.40

...WOOD COUNTY...
WISCONSIN RAPIDS          5.15
MARSHFIELD EXP FARM       4.67
MARSHFIELD                3.92
PITTSVILLE WWTP           5.61
PITTSVILLE                5.95
WISCONSIN RAPIDS SE       5.48
NEKOOSA-6SE ROME DNR      4.14
BABCOCK USGS              5.02

...PORTAGE COUNTY...
AMHERST 3SE               4.52
PLOVER SOUTH              5.48

...WAUPACA COUNTY...
BIG FALLS 5NW             3.91
CLINTONVILLE WWTP         4.73
NEW LONDON WWTP           2.80
WAUPACA 3SW-KING          2.94
WEYAUWEGA                 2.40
NEW LONDON USACE          2.39
WAUPACA USACE             2.45

...WAUSHARA COUNTY...
POY SIPPI 2SW             2.19
WAUTOMA 1SW DNR           1.87

......EAST CENTRAL WISCONSIN......
...SHAWANO COUNTY...
SHAWANO 2SSW              4.35
PELLA 3SE                 4.54
EMBARRASS USGS            3.51
SPLIT ROCK                4.92

...OUTAGAMIE COUNTY...
APPLETON                  2.15

...BROWN COUNTY...
DE PERE 1SE               1.86
LEDGEVIEW 1.95
PULASKI WWTP              3.97
GREEN BAY ASOS            2.63
BELLEVUE                  2.14

...WINNEBAGO COUNTY...
OMRO 2SW                  1.29
OSHKOSH NORTH             1.28
LAKE POYGAN               1.66
OSHKOSH-LK WIN. USACE     0.76
MENASHA-JEF PARK USACE    1.55

...CALUMET COUNTY...
BRILLION WWTP             1.68
CHILTON WWTP              0.80
STOCKBRIDGE-L WIN.        0.68
...DOOR COUNTY...
CARLSVILLE 2NW            2.50
EGG HARBOR WWTP           2.35
EPHRAIM 5SE-NORTH BAY     2.71
EPHRAIM 1NE WWTP          2.50
FORESTVILLE 4NE           2.75
WASHINGTON ISLAND         2.72
STURGEON BAY              2.58

...KEWAUNEE COUNTY...
KEWAUNEE SOUTHWEST        2.09
KEWAUNEE                  2.18

...MANITOWOC COUNTY...
MANITOWOC SOUTH           0.52
FRANCIS CREEK             1.27
ST. NAZIANZ 2W            0.40
 

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