Flooding Across Central Wisconsin - June 21-22, 2002

Thunderstorms with heavy rain developed across central Wisconsin during the late evening on June 21.   Additional storms developed and moved across the same area ("training"), which produced very heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding that lasted into the morning of June 22.   An unofficial gage near Biron (Wood county) recorded 10.30 inches of rain during the event.  In Wautoma (Waushara county), 5.56 inches fell in a three-hour period.

Damage to roads, basements and crops across Marathon, Wood, Portage and Waushara counties will reach well into the many millions of dollars.  In Waushara county alone, crop damage is expected to exceed $35 million.

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Click for larger image Rainfall analysis based on radar estimates and observations.  Amounts are in inches.
Click for larger image 12-hour radar estimated rainfall (ending 6 a.m. June 22) from the NWS Green Bay Doppler radar.  Amounts are in inches.

The Damage

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Click for larger image These pictures are of Wautoma (Waushara county) near Main Street.  The photos were taken on June 22 around 11 a.m.  Photos taken by Skymarket Inc., used with permission.

Click for larger image This picture was taken in Marathon county, showing a large portion of a washed out shoulder.  Photo taken by Peter J. Wasson, Wausau Daily Herald, used with permission.

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