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Flood warnings issued for southern Wisconsin counties

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WIS Highway 61 in Crawford County WIS Highway 61 in Crawford County
WIS Highway 61 in Crawford County WIS Highway 61 in Crawford County

UPDATE from Wisconsin Emergency Management:

It is estimated that between 3,000 and 5,000 yards of earth slid off the west side of Marietta Valley, which is pictured to the right.

Rolling Ground is about 12 miles north of the landslide.

The landslide is right along the Wisconsin River which is the Crawford (north)/Grant (south) County line.

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Madison (Press Release) -

Overview – County and local government agencies continue to assess the damage and aid residents in cleaning up damage following a series of storms which tracked across southern Wisconsin over the weekend. The National Weather Service says additional thunderstorms will move through Wisconsin Monday afternoon into Tuesday night which could result in 1 to 3 inches of rain with higher amounts possible along with damaging winds and hail.

Flood Warnings continue for Crawford, Grant, Kenosha, Lafayette, Richland and Vernon Counties including:

River Name       Location           Flood Stage (feet)         Current Height      Current Flood Status

Kickapoo          Steuben                        12                     13.9                    Moderate

Kickapoo          Gays Mills                     13                     14.9                    Minor

Kickapoo          Soldiers Grove               13                     13.5                    Minor

Kickapoo          Readstown                    11                     11.5                    Minor

Pecatonica        Blanchardville                11                     13.5                    Minor

 

Crawford County – A new landslide on WIS Highway 61 closed the road in both directions between WIS Highway 60 and the bridge to Boscobel. Fortunately no one was injured. The mudslide is approximately 25 feet high and 200 yards long. That road will likely be closed for several days for crews to clear the debris (see picture attached). Here are the other current road closures:

WIS Highway 35 is closed in both directions from Lynxville to Prairie du Chien due to mud slides and debris.

WIS Highway 171 is closed in both directions from Highway 27 to 131 due to water on the roadway.

Grant County – Grant County officials estimate damage to public infrastructure at more than $2.3 million. The State of Emergency continues for Boscobel and Grant County.

Grant County is working with the American Red Cross and Salvation Army to provide additional cleanup kits to affected residents. Cleanup kits can be obtained for free at Boscobel City Hall, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the week. Kits include mops, bleach, and cleaning tools to sterilize basements and clean up flood damaged homes.

The City of Boscobel is providing 1,500 sand bags to residents. The fire department is pumping water out of a remaining handful of homes with water from this weekend.

Grant County asked again Monday for volunteers to assist area residents with cleanup. Volunteers were asked to bring gloves and boots and report to the Boscobel City Hall for assignments.

Residents are encouraged to document all damage with photos and save all receipts and report damage to homes. Boscobel residents are encouraged to contact city hall at 608-375-5001 to report damages and request volunteer help. Grant County residents outside of Boscobel should contact Grant County Emergency Management.

A joint City-County Resident Assistance Center opened Monday at the Boscobel City Hall. Local and county agencies provided assistance to residents in need. The City of Boscobel has made dumpsters available for the disposal of flood-damaged carpeting and belongings for use by city residents.

Richland County – WIS Highway 60 is closed in both directions between Muscoda and Gotham because of flooding. The detour for eastbound traffic is: north on WIS 80 to US 14, south on US 14 back to WIS 60. Reverse those directions for westbound traffic.

The State Emergency Operations Center remains at level 4. The Senior Duty Officer and Duty Officer will continue to monitor the situation.

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