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Wisconsin River high 2011 .

Wisconsin River high 2011

Lots of water came down the Wisconsin River again this year.

The Biron dam is 4 miles north of Wisconsin Rapids.
Here's the north channel before the really high water came.
Normally, no gates are open here and the river bed is mostly dry rock and a narrow channel.

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The dam at the Grand Rapids in Wisconsin Rapids started with 3 gates open.
The water stayed high for a few days. It was due to Spring run-off and a thunderstorm.

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Three pictures, each a panoramic. You could paste them together.
On this morning, they haven't opened the gates on this side of the river yet.
There's a train in the first one, hiding below the dike protecting the paper mill in Wisconsin Rapids.
The water level doesn't vary much just above the dam.

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Plenty of water near downtown Wisconsin Rapids.
It got within 1 foot of the 100 year record.

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This is a pole picture. The extra height yields just a small view of the water above the dam.
For a while, a total of 11 gates were open at Grand Rapids.
The next day, no one was allowed into these lower levels of the park.
The red fence and tree trunks are leftover from last September's record levels.

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The water level peaked just below the first floor of the paper mill.
This was called 11 feet above flood stage. 12 was the record last year.

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Compare with these aerial pictures of Grand Rapids in other times of the year:

2008 Autumn aerial with all the rocks showing

2008 Spring aerial with just 3 gates open

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( the index page is now on the TrainWeb site, as of January 2011. And I will have to also keep the Next Generation index up-to-date also )
This page wrote in April 2011

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