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Area storms knock down trees, halt road construction

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Heavy rains and strong winds uprooted trees and knocked down power lines in the La Crosse area overnight and Thursday morning.

At one point Wednesday the La Crosse Fire Department had every single unit out on a weather related call, said Division Chief Jeff Murphy.

They responded to down power lines and small fires that started because of those lines. No one was injured in any of those incidents, but there was some significant damage.

In Onalaska, city crews spent all day Wednesday and half of the day Thursday cleaning up trees or debris from the storm.

Heavy rain creates moist soil and combined with the strong winds, trees easily fell over, said Onalaska City Engineer Jarrod Holter.

"We had one on Troy street that did fall on a power line and Xcel Energy had to be called out and the power was out for a long time, and that one did actually fall on a car and cause damage to the vehicle...most have been small trees and haven't caused too much damage," said Holter.

Onalaska crews removed at least 13 trees that had fallen on city property and they responded to more than 30 calls to pick up debris in the roadways.

The storm and rains that hit us will also affect road construction in Onalaska. Construction has closed Theater Road and the rain is delaying its re-opening.

Holter said they had planned to close the road for only two days and re-open the road Thursday. But the rain has halted crews from re-paving, so Theater Road will remain closed until Monday or early next week.

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