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Sinkhole from rain closes Hwy. 33, floods other roads

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Picture of the sinkhole along Highway 33 Picture of the sinkhole along Highway 33
Screen shot from video from Tim Eddy of the North Fork of the Bad Axe River near Westby on Sunday Screen shot from video from Tim Eddy of the North Fork of the Bad Axe River near Westby on Sunday
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Part of Highway 33 in La Crosse is closed Sunday due to a sinkhole in the road according to the La Crosse Sheriff's Department.

The sinkhole is near the Hillside Animal Hospital at W5706 State Highway 33.

According to the Sheriff's Department, heavy rain and construction on highway caused the sinkhole. The north end of 33 has been closed for road work.

The Department of Transportation and County Highway Department are on scene trying to fill the hole.

The sinkhole is just one of the roads affected by the heavy rains on Sunday. The National Weather Service storm report showed that an area south of La Crosse got just under two inches of rain in a twelve hour period.

The other photo with this video clip sent to WXOW by Tim Eddy of the North Fork of the Bad Axe River going over Natwick Road west of Westby Sunday evening.

According to a trained spotter for the National Weather Service, 2.67 inches of rain fell on the south side of Viroqua between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Another observer reported the Westby area received 3.29 inches of rain between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

The NWS also reports from authorities that County P east of Westby and Three Chimney Road west of Westby had water over the road and were impassable. Some street flooding was also reported in Westby.

A Flood Warning is in effect for the Kickapoo River where minor flooding is forecast near Readstown, Viola, and the Gays Mills areas.

The WXOW viewing area is under a Flash Flood Watch through Monday afternoon due to the rains.

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