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Darlington Flooding Called Worst Since 1993

Floodwaters overtake a convenience store in Darlington. The Main Street Bridge can be seen at the top of the picture (Courtesy: NBC15).

In Darlington, they’re calling this the worst flooding the community has seen since the summer of 1993. That’s when the Pecatonica River crested at 18.2 feet, only a few inches from where the river got yesterday. Despite reaching what’s considered “Major Flooding,” Darlington Police Chief Jason King is hopeful that the damage will only be minor. That’s partly due to some of the city’s efforts since that 1993 flood. In the wake of the record flooding in 1993, businesses near the river were elevated, installed flood shields, and took other steps to avoid additional flooding. King says, for the most part, those efforts have worked. The Main Street Bridge in Darlington remains closed because of flooding. That span carries both Wisconsin Highways 23 and 81 over the Pecatonica River.

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