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Flood warnings remain in place Friday

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Victory, Wisconsin in Vernon County Thursday morning. Photo Courtesy Jodi Fradette Victory, Wisconsin in Vernon County Thursday morning. Photo Courtesy Jodi Fradette
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Flood warnings remain in a number of counties Friday as high water continues to impact the area. 

Flood Warnings are in effect in Allamakee, Buffalo, Chickasaw, Clayton, Crawford, Fayette, Grant, Houston, Howard, Jackson, La Crosse, Mower, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon, Wabasha, and Winneshiek counties. 

Rivers and streams throughout the region are swollen and overflowing their banks after more than eleven inches of rain fell in some areas this week.

A large number of Vernon County roads are closed due to flooding, washouts, or mudslides. Click here for the current information on the closures.

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A rural Viroqua man died after his cattle trailer and truck jackknifed as he attempted to drive through a water covered road.

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Searchers Thursday afternoon recovered the body of a person who was inside a home near Victory when a mudslide washed it onto Highway 35. The name of the person has not been released. 

MORE: One person killed after mudslide destroys home near Victory

Two locomotives and five cars of a BNSF train derailed at 5:40 p.m. near Ferryville. Crawford County also reports several mudslides along Highway 35 north of Ferryville.

Vernon County has also closed their park and forest trails until further notice due to the wet conditions. 

Victory was hard hit when a culvert used to divert water through the small town became blocked. Our crew said several homes were damaged from rocks, debris, and floodwaters. See pictures of the destruction in Victory here.

A small trailer park in De Soto was evacuated as a precaution early Thursday to the De Soto Community Center. By the afternoon, the 15 people were allowed to return home.

Several homes along Main Street in Gays Mills were evacuated due to flooding. Ready Wisconsin said the displaced residents are staying with family and friends.

Water was across the highway in the middle of Viola Thursday morning.

Flooding is reported on the west side of La Farge. Highway 131 north and south of town is closed due to flooding. Highway 82 west of town is also closed from floodwaters. 

In Jackson County, a least three boats and parts of docks were swept over the dam at Black River Falls. Jackson County Emergency Management said there were other reports of boats and docks loose in Lake Arbutus near Hatfield. Some of those have gone over the dam there.

As of 4 p.m., County Road VV, County Road Z,  Perry Creek Road, Hawk Island Road, Pettibone Pass, Old Hwy. 54, Stetzer Road, E Fork Road, and E Staffon Road were closed in Jackson County. Kristina Page, the Emergency Management Coordinator, said OTV trails are closed. West and East Arbutus County Park is closed. 

Houston County Emergency Management is reporting a few minor mudslides in the county with no damage reported. Shellhorn Drive near Highway 26 south of Brownsville is closed due to a washout. They are also getting reports of water over roadways in the Yucatan Valley area.

A report at 6:18 a.m. from law enforcement that both lanes of Highway 16 between Highway 52 and County Highway 21 near Lanesboro in Fillmore County is closed due to a mudslide. 

In La Crosse County, the Village of Bangor declared a local state of emergency due to flooding.

Highway 108 near Mindoro in La Crosse County has now reopened. County OA in La Crosse County is down to one lane. All other La Crosse County roads are open according to La Crosse County Emergency Management Coordinator Keith Butler.

The Trempealeau County Sheriff's Office said that as of 10 p.m., County Road D at County DD is closed. Crystal Valley Road is also closed due to flooding. Truax Road and Thompson Road in the Town of Gale were closed due to flooding.

Other roads around the region may be impassible due to water across them. As a safety precaution, law enforcement recommends that drivers do not drive through flooded roads. 

The Vernon County senior dining center is closed Thursday, September 22nd due to the flooding.

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