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Boulder the size of a dump truck blocks part of Hwy 56 near Genoa


Genoa, WI (wxow) - The National Weather Service reports Genoa received almost 2 inches of rain in the past 24 hours.

The strong storms overnight caused a rockslide on Highway 56.

The Vernon County Sheriff's Department got the call at around 4 am Tuesday.

Authorities say no one was injured.

However, the highway department spent the entire morning clearing a large boulder.

Residents in Genoa know to watch for fallen rocks along Highway 56.

While mini-mudslides are common in this area, the Vernon County Highway Department says a rockslide with a boulder of this size is rare.

And to give you some comparison, the highway department says the boulder is the size of the bed of this dump truck.

This boulder is so large it blocked one lane of traffic on Highway 56 and the highway department had to hire a private contractor to break it apart and move it.

And with more rain in the forecast the highway department says they will continue to monitor the area but ask residents to be on the look out for falling rocks.

According to the national weather service, the Genoa area has received 8 1/2 inches of rain in the last four days.


GENOA, Wisconsin (WXOW)--  The Vernon County Sheriff's Department says boulder the size of a dump truck is blocking part of Hwy 56 near Genoa.

At about 6:30 a.m., the Vernon County Sheriff's Department started directing traffic in the area.

Authorities say no one was injured, however traffic has slowed. It's expected to take crews hours to remove to rock.

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