Officials say levee failing near WI park

PORTAGE, WI (AP) - Officials in central Wisconsin say a levee south of Highway 33 is failing, and access into a park area is being cut off.

The access road into Blackhawk Park has been closed as of 4 p.m. Sunday. No one is being allowed in or out until further notice, including emergency vehicles.

Officials had been encouraging residents to evacuate, saying they were concerned the Calidonia Levee would fail.

Residents are reminded to turn off utilities if possible, and bring medications and important documents with them, as well as their pets and vaccination records.

A Red Cross reception center is open at the Portage St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church.

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