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UPDATE: Highway 60 remains closed in Richland Co. due to flooding

By: Madeline Anderson Email
By: Madeline Anderson Email

UPDATED Tuesday, June 25, 2013 --- 4:11 p.m.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center reports that a stretch of Highway 60 remains closed in Richland Co.

The highway is closed in both directions between Muscoda and Gotham.

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Posted Monday, June 24, 2013 --- 10:25 p.m.

On Highway 60 at the southern edge of Richland County, the 13-mile stretch between Muscoda and Gotham is completely blocked off, after flooding over the weekend washed away major chunks of road.

Longtime resident Tom Argall has seen plenty of wear and tear throughout the years on this highway.

"It probably should have been fixed 20-30 years ago," Argall said. So he's not surprised parts of it are now gone.

"It's narrow. It's rough. It's broken up," he said. "And that's why it washed out with this rain."

"That eastbound lane runs parallel to the Wis. River and there are sections anywhere from 2 ft. to 20 ft. where the guard rail is just suspended," said Darin Gudgeon, the Richland Co. emergency services director. "There's a lot of erosion underneath. So we just didn't want a lot of people traveling on it and then have accidents, people going into the river."

Gudgeon says Highway 60 will be closed indefinitely, especially since the river is now swollen and could flood if more rain comes.

"The water table is high and I don't think most of us in southwestern Wis. can take much more," Gudgeon said.

But much of the area is preparing for more. Tom Argall may not be able to control the weather, but he's doing what he can to keep the water out of his home.

"I've got my generator sitting here in the garage that I can plug my sub pump into in a matter of seconds," he said. "The ground is saturated. A little rain will be a big problem. So we're very concerned."

Crews are waiting to begin construction on Highway 60 in case more rain does come.


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