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I'm Eric Jacobson reporting from Sparta.
where flooding is causing problems along several parks.
This is Fishermen's Park near downtown Sparta.
You can hear the water of the La Crosse River behind
That's because it's holding up water from Perch Lake.
But officials say despite this being some of the worst
flooding they have seen.
the city is prepared to handle the water.
I just retired.
I've been here all my life.
Dennis Bernett is no stranger to Sparta.
He loves using his extra time in retirement on this
It's becoming quite the popular kayaking and canoeing
river from here down to Rockland and Bangor.
He knows the river like the back of his hand.
But what he sees on the river this day is far different
than anything he's seen.
Occasionally this river gets pretty full and swollen,
but this is first I've ever seen it this big.
Sparta Park and Recreation officials say this area
is especially prone to flooding.
We've got the conjoining of the La Crosse River, Beaver
Creek, Farmer's Valley, all meet in this park, so
we generally see some significant flooding in this
Officials say the flooding has hit hard this year.
This is the highest I have ever seen the water in
Earlier, about a month ago, we had a significant flood
on Beaver Creek, which is a smaller stream that comes
into this town, which was very high, the La Crosse
River never got this high.
Despite the flooding.
officials don't expect much damage.
Luckily, a lot of these rivers and banks have had
stream-bank stabilization done to them, so we don't
expect to see any significant damage to the area or
erosion problems, however we will have a lot of debris
cleanup to do.
And while Bennet may enjoy his time on the river most
he prefers to keep a safe distance.
We're kayakers, and we wouldn't dare get on water
like this, it's much too dangerous.
Other places that have seen high water include Leon.
which is just south of Sparta.
As well water over the road in Icebox Road.
just west of here.
passing under the interstate.
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rain from yesterday's floods caused families in several
homes to be displaced over in the Goodman Court area
That's located by the high school.
That area has since been cleaned up.