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Rock Co. residents protect homes from flooding


NEWVILLE (WKOW) -- The threat of flooding continues for people across our area. In Newville, volunteers passed out sandbags and supplies all Thursday.

Where the Rock River meets Lake Koshkonong, residents know what it's like to face rising water levels. They're trying to be prepared as possible.

"There's a lot of low-lying homes in the area so we started a sandbagging operation," Doug Sherman of Newville says. Volunteers, officials and even Rock County Jail inmates pitched in at the site just off of Highway 59.

"This morning all our bags were gone. The traffic's starting to back up so it looks like the demand is getting greater for it," Coordinator Stacey Babiarz says.

The National Weather Service shows water levels are currently at about 11.9 feet but it's supposed to rise to 13 ft. by Monday.

Scott Langer of Milton says this reminds him of the 2008 flooding. "A lot of the same stuff. Running pumps, no sleep," he says about securing sandbags around the homes of friends and family members.

"Got a lot of friends that have been helping and it's just been a disaster. Non-stop," he says.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office continued to monitor several other parts of the county Thursday. Other sandbag pickup stations were setup throughout the area.

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