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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.