The Daily Globe - Serving Gogebic, Iron and Ontonagon Counties

Watch continues for flash flooding


The National Weather Service continued a flash flood watch through this morning for northern Wisconsin, where some locations had already received from 3 to 7 inches of rain over a 48-hour period.

The flood watch pertains to Iron County, Wis., and the Ironwood area.

The weather service office in Duluth expanded the watch area on Wednesday to include Bayfield County.

It warned an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain was possible.

Locations in the White River and Namekagon River watershed basins had received the most rainfall as of Wednesday and they had the greatest potential for flooding, including Mason and Cable, the NWS said.

The NWS reported Wednesday that Glidden, in Ashland County, had received 4 to 7 inches of rain and flooding of the east fork of the Chippewa River and its tributaries was likely to continue. Roads were closed in that area.

Law enforcement officers continued to warn motorists not to drive through any flooded areas and not to approach any downed lines.

From 2 to 3 inches of rain was possible in Gogebic and Ontonagon counties.

Ironwood received only .14 inch of rain for the 24-hour period to 7 a.m. Wednesday after about a half inch fell for the previous period, as the bulk of the storm had skirted to the south.

Heavy rain was possible in Ironwood through Wednesday evening and early this morning.

—Ralph Ansami


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