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Water main break near bluffs calls for emergency repair by City of La Crosse



The city of La Crosse has authorized emergency repairs to a century-old watermain that broke earlier this month, causing some flooding and icy conditions on State Street. 

The break occurred December 10th under the Burlington Northern tracks near the bluffs.  City crews made a temporary fix that same day, but flooding later resumed, and water froze along the street.

The water utility asked the board of public works on Monday to waive requirements on public bids, so that quotes for repairing the 20-inch main can be made more quickly.

That water line is one of two that supply water to La Crosse’s main reservoir, and the damage leaves the city with no back up mains at this time.

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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