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Canoeists rescued after heavy rain makes Wisconsin River dangerous Saturday

Wisconsin River
DNR Warden Cody Adams during Wisconsin River rescues 6/22/13.  Photo: Wis. DNR
Wisconsin River

WOODMAN, Wis. (WSAU) --  Weekend storms lead to flooding and several rescues on the Wisconsin River. Responders from Grant and Crawford County, plus Department of Natural Resources wardens spent Saturday searching for over two dozen canoeists who were camping on sandbars in the Grant and Crawford County areas.

Cody Adams was one of the wardens working the river. He was able to assist several, including a group of canoeists that were in danger of striking a railroad bridge near Woodman.

Emergency Government officials were concerned because an outfitter had taken a group of 26 on the river, and they were not sure if the group was safe. People on the river may have had cellphones, but signal strength is nominal in the river valley.

In most cases, emergency officials assisted the stranded or endangered canoeists to shore between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Saturday where they were safe from rising water and floating debris, and came back later to get them after making sure no one else was in danger.

Overall, Emergency Government officials say at least 54 people were assisted off the river during and after the storms.