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Pumping from flooded basements will be allowed for another month in La Crosse

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Homeowners in La Crosse, whose basements have been flooded for much of the year, will have a few more weeks to pump the water into city streets. 

Monday, the city board of public works has approved a plan to extend basement pumping until Dec. 16. 

The plan was proposed by board member Gary Padesky, after the board heard from some residents, who say they’re still pumping out the basements because of high groundwater levels.

Padesky said nobody has figured out how to solve the problem long term.

“Hopefully, Mother Nature will abide us, with nicer weather and also drop the river stage,” Padesky said.

City leaders don’t want the water released onto the streets much longer, because of the risk of freezing during cold weather.            

The recurring high level of the Mississippi River this year has been blamed for much of the residential flooding. 

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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