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Current flood continues to set records in La Crosse

Brad Williams



In the Bible, a great flood lasted for 40 days. 

Now, the weather service in La Crosse says this year’s flood of the Mississippi also lasted exactly 40 days…plus 20 hours. 

That’s how long the river was continuously at the 12-foot flood stage or higher beginning on March 26th. 

The river crested three separate times during those 40 days, before the water dropped below 12 feet on May 6th. 

The previous record for flooding in La Crosse was 30 days in a row above 12 feet, during the 2001 flood. 

This year even beats some marks set during the record flood of 1965…for the highest-ever average river stage for the month of April, and the most consecutive days at 10 feet or higher. 

That’s now up to 76 days and counting. 

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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