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River reaches flood stage at La Crosse; crest possible by Wednesday

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La Crosse is among the cities on the upper Mississippi where the river has reached flood stage this week, and the water could go up nearly two more feet before a local crest.

Water was up to the flood level of 12 feet in La Crosse by late Sunday afternoon, and parts of the levee downtown have been blocked off to pedestrians. A crest of 13.6 feet in La Crosse is predicted by Wednesday.

A warning sign has been posted along La Crosse’s riverfront during the high water

Other towns in the region where the flood level had been reached by Sunday, or is close, include St. Paul, Wabasha, and Trempealeau.

Forecasters now think that if the Mississippi does crest in La Crosse on Wednesday, it will fall slowly after that, going back down to 13 feet by next weekend.

The river cruise ship American Melody was docked at La Crosse on Sunday

The high water has not kept touring riverboats from making stops in La Crosse. The American Melody boat was docked at Riverside Park on Sunday.

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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  1. Mike Cockerham

    June 30, 2024 at 8:21 pm

    Are they still having the river vault due to the high water?

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