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La Crosse County declares disaster after record weekend rain



La Crosse County expects severe weather to remain a possibility through Thursday, after a weekend of record-setting rain.  As a result, the county board has declared a natural disaster, and is seeking state emergency help. 

Joe Langeberg, who was just appointed Monday night as the new county highway commissioner, says the number of damaged roads in the county continues to rise.

“We’re up to about 12 locations” where county highways need repair, he says. “These areas are 12 sections of roads, that have been damaged,” with each site found to have at least $3500 in damage.    

Langeberg says County Highway NN, near Norskedalen, has received severe damage in most of the recent major storms to hit the county.          

At Monday’s meeting, Langeberg was officially appointed highway commissioner, to succeed retired highway boss Ron Chamberlain.  The board also appointed David Steinberg as emergency services administrator.    

The city of La Crosse also is dealing with flooding by closing two trails in the La Crosse River marsh.   The Willow Trail and the Grand Crossing are both closed until the water goes down, and the city can repair any damage to those trails. 

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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