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Heavy rains cause flooding around region


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A slow moving storm system that poured several inches of rain caused flood and flash flood warnings and some damage around the area.

None of the flood warnings remain in effect as of 930am Saturday morning. 

Reports to the National Weather Service in La Crosse show more than three inches of rain fell in some communities. The heaviest was 5.85 inches reported in the Preston area in Fillmore County. A report of 4.14 inches of rainfall came in from Galesville in Trempealeau County.  3.88 inches fell in Pilot Mound in Fillmore County, while 3.35 inches was reported at the Dresbach Lock and Dam.

The rain led to a number of mudslides and reports of trees sliding onto roads.  The Winona County Sheriff's Department said there were multiple landslides along Highway 61. Two of them trapped a semi on the highway according to a report.  The road, which was closed for cleanup, has since reopened. Flash flooding in Floyd, Iowa resulted in a vehicle trapped on a bridge. Rescuers were successful in getting the vehicle's occupants out safely.

Flash flooding also closed two roads in Winona County.

Fires were reported in the City of Winona when a power line came down and set three structures ablaze. 

Additional weather information can be found on our weather page.



LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A storm system that dropped anywhere from two to six inches of rain is over, but what it left behind is still being dealt with.

The National Weather Service reports that a number of communities in Northeastern Iowa and Southeastern Minnesota had flash flooding and continue to have floodwaters from the storm.

A flood warning is in effect until 930am for Winona, Houston, and Fillmore counties.

According to the NWS, there were multiple landslides along Highway 61 reported by the Winona County Sheriff's Department.  The highway reopened shortly after 6am.  County Road 15 is still closed as of 625am due to landslides.  The runoff caused mudslides that brought trees down across two other roads in the county. The NWS also says multiple streets remain flooded in Winona and Goodview.


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Several inches of rain from strong thunderstorms have caused flash flood warnings around Northeastern Iowa and Southeastern Minnesota.

The National Weather Service has issued flash flood warnings for Fillmore, Houston, and Winona counties in Minnesota and Allamakee, Howard, and Winneshiek counties in Iowa until 4am.

Some of the cities that may be impacted by the flash flooding include Caledonia, La Crescent, Winona, Houston, Hokah, Lewiston, Spring Grove, Preston, Brownsville, Canton, Dakota, Fountain, Goodview, Harmony, Lanesboro, Mabel, Rushford, and Stockton.

Rainfall totals from the line of storms that are slowly moving through the region have dropped anywhere from 2-4 inches between Lime Springs Iowa and Winona.

The National Weather Service, in its latest flash flood warning for Winona, Houston, and Fillmore counties stated that since 9pm, radar estimates showed between 2-4 inches of rain fell in an area around Harmony, Preston, Rushford, and Winona.  Another 1-2 inches is expected before 3am.  3.48 inches was reported in the Preston area.

Flash flooding led emergency personnel in Floyd, Iowa to rescue the occupants of a vehicle that became stranded on a bridge.

For more on the storm and flash flood warnings, you can go to our weather page.


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