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High water blocks off Ontario intersection

VILLAGE OF ONTARIO, Wis. (WXOW) – Morning rain caused the Kickapoo River to flood the main intersection of Highway 33 and 131.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Monroe and Vernon Counties from Thursday until Friday morning. They warn drivers that it doesn’t take much water to float a car off the road.

It rained about four inches in Ontario which caused the flooding. Bill Teynor lost one day of revenue at his Titanic Canoe Rental business.

“It affects the business because I was supposed to have a school group out today who would’ve had 25 boats,” Teynor said. “There won’t be anything going out tomorrow, but possibly [on] Saturday, we’re going to have to check the river for down trees. We’ll make sure that it’s open. It takes a lot of time and effort after the flood.”

Teynor said he did not lose any canoes or kayaks because he’s prepared for these floods and volunteer firefighters helped him move canoes to an elevated area.

Ontario clerk and treasurer Terri Taylor said the city has seen about four floods this summer.


Marcus Aarsvold

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