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Rainbow Reservoir near Lake Tomahawk reaches a height it hasn't hit in decadesSubmitted: 06/18/2018
Erin Beu
Erin Beu
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ebeu@wjfw.com

Rainbow Reservoir near Lake Tomahawk reaches a height it hasn't hit in decades
NORTHWOODS - The storms from the past few days have caused the Rainbow Reservoir near Lake Tomahawk to hit a height it hasn't reached in decades.

Two out of the five dam gates opened on Friday.

The water underneath the dam and reservoir reaches flood stage at six feet.

According to the National Weather Service, the water was measured at 6.48 feet Monday afternoon.

That's a height the water hasn't reached since the 1940's.

"I've never seen it like this before," said Lisa Dahlke who owns a house on the Wisconsin River near Rainbow Lake.

The water coming out of the dam is being released a little faster than 3,000 cubic feet per second.

"I don't know how much fishing we are going to get in but the high water kind of messes that up," said fisherman Dan Eiden.


Eiden says he was here a few weeks ago and was disappointed to find out his favorite fishing spot is too dangerous to use.

Aside from messing up Eiden's fishing plans, the water is also flooding people's yards.

"We don't have a backyard right now because it's completely flooded in the back," said Dahlke.

Even though the flooding can be a nuisance people seem to be looking at the bright side of it all.

"Two weeks ago, we had to water the garden every day and now it's just the opposite," said Eiden with a laugh.

"We just have less grass to cut right now," said Dahlke about her flooded backyard.

The Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company said it will slowly start releasing less water out of the dam Tuesday.

But they plan to keep the gates open until the end of this week.




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