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UPDATE: Flood warning and road closures

Kaitlyn Riley

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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.

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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