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WIZM 2019 TOP STORIES: No. 6, record flooding on the Mississippi

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The rising and falling Mississippi River in La Crosse was rated as WIZM’s #6 story for 2019.

The river experienced its longest duration flooding event in recorded history, 90 days in a row at or above flood stage, because of spring snow melt followed by several rounds of rain.

In April, the monthly average was 13.65 feet in La Crosse.

The previous April record was set during the record high flood in 1965.

Mayor Tim Kabat says we also shattered records for the highest average river stages in May, October, and November.  

High waters throughout the summer kept paddlewheeler boats out of the area, with all of the big boat visits planned for July being cancelled.  

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