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UPDATE: Flood warning and road closures

Kaitlyn Riley



The National Weather Service in La Crosse issued a flood warning for Grant County until 11:30 p.m. Thursday.  

Vernon County dispatch says Hwy. 131 has reopened, but County Highway P east of 131 remains closed as of 4 p.m. because of flooding.

The National Weather Service (NWS) of La Crosse has issued flash flood warnings for parts of northeast Iowa, southeast Minnesota, and southwest Wisconsin.

Risk for heavy rainfall continues this morning as showers and thunderstorms continue to move across much of the area. Rainfall totals of 2 to, locally, 5 inches, have occurred, according to the NWS.

Those living near waterways should pay close attention to weather conditions this morning and be prepared to seek higher ground if flooding develops. Meteorologists said drivers may encounter water over roads but remind everyone to never drive through floodwaters.

The flash flood watch continues through noon today for Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Floyd, Howard, Mitchell, and Winneshiek Counties in northeast Iowa. In southeast Minnesota, Fillmore, Houston, and Mower Counties. In southwest Wisconsin, Crawford, Grant, Richland, and Vernon are under a flood watch.

Heavy rain in areas that received significant precipitation over the past week will increase the threat for mudslides and flooding.