Heavy Rain Causes Damage to Waupee Dam, Assessments Underway

Contact(s): Hilary Markin, 715-482-0115

Laona, WI (July 15, 2020) – Heavy rains last night near Laona, Wisconsin, caused damage to several roads and damaged Waupee Dam. Minor flooding is occurring below the dam.

Repairs to Waupee Dam began a month ago to address the deteriorating conditions of the dam structure and sediment deposition into Waupee Creek.

Forest Service engineers, contractors and local authorities are on site conducting assessments and monitoring the situation.

The area remains closed to visitors for their safety, including the Waupee Dam boat landing and dispersed camping site. The access road has been blocked off with barricades to ensure the safety of workers and the public.

Forest Service employees are assessing roads and trails that were impacted by the storm and will continue to monitor conditions as more rain and storms are expected. The public is urged to use caution if traveling in the impacted area as conditions can change quickly.

Drivers are advised to practice defensive driving techniques, reduce your speed, drive with your lights on and watch out for washed-out culverts, soft shoulders and damage to roads. In addition, Forest personnel and other local authorities may be using heavy equipment to make repairs to roadways hauling gravel and grading roads in the coming days and weeks.

Visitors are reminded to check the Forest Service’s website for updates on potential closures or for storm related information prior to visiting the Forest. To learn more, please visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/cnnf.

# # #

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.