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River crest at La Crosse may stop just below 15 feet

Brad Williams



Water is over the riverbank in portions of La Crosse's Riverside Park

The Mississippi River crest at La Crosse could happen now on Wednesday, a day earlier than previously predicted.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service think the river will rise to 14.7 feet, for the highest level in La Crosse in eight years.

Meteorologist Dave Lawrence said the city has been lucky on a couple of fronts, experiencing a slow melting period for snow and little rain or snow in recent days.

La Crosse had 18 inches of snow cover during the first week of March, but most of the snow was gone by St. Patrick’s Day.

Water is over the bank at Riverside, and at Copeland Park, which is along the Black River.

Lawrence says the Dresbach Dam will be closed if the water rises to 15.4 feet.