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La Crosse sets single-day record for rain

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Anybody in La Crosse who had a flooded lawn or tried to drive through high water in a street on Saturday experienced history first-hand. 

The National Weather Service says Saturday’s rainfall of 5.59 inches is the most on record for any single day in La Crosse’s history. 

The old record of 5.55 inches had stood for almost 140 years, since September of 1884. 

Saturday was the city’s rainiest day since June 18th of 2011, also a Saturday, when 4.5 inches of rain fell in La Crosse.      

The heavy rain spread from the Winona area to Adams and Juneau Counties, and led to flooding on many streets in La Crosse, along with road closings on several highways in Vernon County, around Chaseburg and Viola.  

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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