River in Darlington crests overnight just under expected 18 feet flood level

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DARLINGTON, Wis. - The Pecatonica River in Darlington has started to go down overnight, officials said.

The river crested at about 17.57 feet and has been slowly receding since then by about 3/4 inch per hour, according to an alert posted on the Darlington Police Department Facebook page.

Officials said it will take time for the waters to recede, and they do not expect the bridge to be open Friday.

According to the National Weather Service, if things go well, the waters could recede in time for the bridge to reopen Saturday morning, according to the alert.

Cleanup efforts will start Friday and Saturday, which may impact traffic flow, officials said.

The 17.57 feet was a little less than the 18 feet that was predicted.