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Vernon County Emergency Management continues to monitor flooded roads



There is no complete estimate of damage from Friday's flooding yet.

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.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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