A tornado warning, heavy rains and flash flooding put Vernon County’s emergency management crew to the test.
Brandon Larson, the county’s emergency management director, said his staff is aware of the potential for more rain in the forecast.
“We’re hoping the worst is over, but you never know,” Larson said. “It is kind of sounding like it is going to stay more north, but it is in the back of our head that there could be more coming yet. It’s just going to run off. There is nowhere for it to go at this point.”
Larson said the Coon Creek and Kickapoo River caused the most concern as heavy rains brought them above their banks.
Water levels did drop enough to reopen some highways Friday afternoon, but a list of current road closures in the area can be found on the Wisconsin 511 website.
Larson asked drivers to be patient and alert as they make repairs to the roadways.
“We had a lot of debris and water over the roads,” Larson said. “Some shoulders that got washed out. Just be aware of the roadways. Shoot your surroundings to stay safe.”
Larson said they do not have an estimate of the damage yet.