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Heavy rains cause landslide on Highway 53

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Local roads took a direct hit from the heavy rains on Wednesday afternoon.
 
Those rains caused a landslide or mudslide onto Highway 53 at the Eau Claire/Chippewa County line.  Both southbound lanes were closed and traffic had to be rerouted.  Crews spent about three hours clearing the scene.  The Eau Claire County sheriff says at least 30 truckloads of soil were removed.  Both lanes were reopened by 9:00 p.m.
 
Barricades were also put up at other local roads.  The sheriff says there are concerns with County Highway UN and 60th Avenue in the Town of Seymour.
 
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Eau Claire (WQOW)- Heavy rains closed off part of Highway 53 for several hours. A downpour Wednesday afternoon caused a landslide near Melby Road in Eau Claire.

As of 9:00 p.m. Wednesday the DOT says both lanes have been re-opened. 

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- Heavy rains close off part of Highway 53. A downpour Wednesday afternoon caused a landslide near Melby Road in Eau Claire. 

In other parts of the city and areas surrounding Eau Claire the rain flooded many roadways. Drivers are being told to use caution and reminded not to drive through standing water. 

Press Release from the DOT: Heavy rains late this afternoon caused a mudslide on US 53 at the Eau Claire/Chippewa County line.
 
Both southbound lanes are closed at this time and traffic is being rerouted on Melby and to Business 53. WisDOT is working with Eau Claire County to clear the roadway. It is not known when the highway will reopen.
 
Motorists should dial 511 or visit www.511wi.gov for up-to-the-minute information on highway and travel conditions in Wisconsin.
 
UPDATE: As of 6:15 p.m. the passing lane on 53 southbound has been opened, but the DOT says clean up in that area will continue for a while. 

 

 

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