Eastern St. Croix County wrings out after weekend deluge
Another rainy day was expected Monday for most of Wisconsin after parts of the state were deluged Saturday and Sunday.
Woodville and Glenwood City received upwards of 3.5 inches, according to radar at the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen, Minn.
Meteorologist Rick Hiltbrand said Monday a review of radar history indicated rainfall amounts ranging from 2.5 to 3.5 inches occurred in a band from River Falls to New Richmond and moved east across Baldwin-Woodville and into Dunn and Barron counties. River Falls recorded 2.69 inches between 5 a.m. Saturday and the same hour Monday.
St. Croix County Highway Department and township crews responded to several washouts where heavy runoff undermined town roads. A steep slope along Hwy. 128 north of Glenwood City slumped to the roadside, and in town some residents were mopping out flooded garages and cleaning up debris sweep onto yards by the high water.
The St. Croix County Dispatch Center received numerous citizen complaints of water on or over roads in towns of Richmond, Hammond, Kinnickinnic and Emerald throughout the morning Sunday.
U.S. Hwy. 12, east of 220th Street near Woodville was closed for about an hour mid-morning Sunday until the water receded.
Muddy runoff filled ditches, field depressions and retention ponds across the area.
Viroqua had about 3.25 inches of rain and hail in the 24 hours ending at 4 a.m. Monday. Three-and-a-quarter inches fell near Oshkosh in a five-hour period. Ripon received 1.5 inches of rain in just one hour.
Ten inches of mud covered parts of Hwy. 57 near Chilton. The National Weather Service said it was caused by nearby farm runoff. Flash floods made a road impassable near Westby in southwest Wisconsin. In Grant County, 50 mph winds knocked down a winter wheat crop near Wiota. To the north, Lincoln County authorities said lightning might have caused $50,000 in damage in a fire at a rural house near Merrill early Sunday. Nobody was hurt there.
About 2,500 We Energies electric customers lost their power in the Milwaukee area Sunday evening. That number was reduced to 340 as of 5:30 a.m. Monday.
Most remaining outages were in the Fond du Lac and New Berlin areas. Wisconsin Power & Light still had about 100 customers out in Crawford County early Monday. The rain diminished overnight, but forecasters say another round of storms was due in Monday as a cold front moved through the state Monday evening.