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Mississippi on downward trend at La Crosse

Brad Williams

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The La Crosse riverfront in March of 2019, during a period of prolonged flooding

The river could begin a slow descent in La Crosse today. 

Weather service forecasters say the Mississippi rose to 11.82 feet early Friday morning, and has stayed at that level for a few hours. 

The water could be back down around 11 feet by next Friday. 

Towns downriver, such as McGregor, could see the river crest on Saturday at up to a foot above local flood stage.  

La Crosse has received 2.7 inches of rain so far in October, which is about 2 inches above normal. 

The majority of that rain fell on October 1st. 

The wettest local October in recent years was in 2017, when the city got 6 inches of precipitation. 

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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