‘Come Hell or High Water’ shown at old Metro Theatre

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By Correne Martin

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the flood of April 1965, the Prairie du Chien Historical Society will present “Come Hell or High Water” at the Metro Theatre (inside Kramer Auction Service, 203 E. Blackhawk Ave.) in Prairie du Chien. The film will be shown at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8. Pop and popcorn will be available.

“Come Hell or High Water” originally aired on PBS after the historic flood of 1965. Through the first-hand accounts of then-Prairie du Chien residents, the film relives the major flood and its affects on the community, particularly the old Fourth Ward (St. Feriole Island), which was relocated in the 1970s.

“Some of the people who lived on the island explained what it was like growing up there and how hard it was to move,” said Bob Ziel, member of the Prairie du Chien Historical Society. “There’s a lot of talk about the river and the high water. There are clips from the island and some of the mess left behind.”

Following the film showing Feb. 8, Dale Klemme will also give a presentation on the Fourth Ward relocation project. This project took place in the ‘70s and involved the removal and relocation of all the homes and businesses from the flood prone island. Klemme, who was employed by the city at the time, helped carry out the relocation after government officials initiated the project.

There will be a $3 freewill donation suggested for the film showing and program. Go early and get a good seat.

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