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Park staff ready to clean beaches, warns about river condition

Brad Williams

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If weather permits, there could be many people hitting local beaches for Memorial Day.

The official swimming season in La Crosse doesn’t begin until late next week, but park department staffers will be out during the summer, cleaning up at the Black River and Pettibone beaches.

Lifeguards will not be posted at the city beaches during 2019, so swimmers are being encouraged to use the city-run swimming pools.

On this part of the Mississippi, it’s still flood season, and people wanting to use the river are being urged to be careful.

Park department staffer Leah Burns says trying to swim or boat on local rivers could be more hazardous than usual this week, because the current is fast, and there may be lots of debris in the water.

The weather service says the Mississippi at La Crosse is expected to remain above the 12-foot flood stage until Sunday, June 2nd.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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