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Flood waters go down quickly in Vernon County

Brad Williams

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A scene of the flooding in Vernon County during August and September of 2018

Not much property damage resulting from the flash flooding this week in Vernon County.

The county’s emergency management specialist, Brandon Larson, said homes in Ontario were not affected by the rapid rise of the Kickapoo River on Wednesday night into Thursday.

Larson said that the flash floods of a year ago seem to have made area residents more aware of preparations to make if flooding is predicted.

The Kickapoo River rose 10 feet in a matter of hours at Ontario Thursday, to a crest of 19 feet following heavy rainfall.

But the river has dropped 9 feet since about noon Thursday.

The highways in Vernon County are open today, and the biggest problem area on the river is now Viola, where the water reached the 14-foot flood stage this morning.

The weather service expects a crest of nearly 16 feet at Viola around noon on Saturday.

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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