Communities cleaning up mud and debris after Thursday night storms

Published: Sep. 13, 2019 at 2:27 PM CDT
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People living in multiple western Wisconsin counties were outside cleaning up damage left behind from Thursday night's storms.

In Crawford County, massive logs and mud covered up lawns in one Bridgeport neighborhood. People said flash floods rushed down the streets Thursday night, leaving behind piles of mud in yards and roadways.

Donna Gokey said the water at one point was so high, she had to be carried to her home.

“One guy walked me part way, because the bridge wasn’t feasible for people to drive over, so we had to walk," said Goeky. Then another guy, a young man, grabbed me and said you cannot get through there it’s 10 inches, and the roadway was gone over there. So, he said I’m gonna carry you.”

Gokey said she has not seen anything similar to Thursday's flash flooding.

According to Crawford County Emergency Management, multiple roads were closed Friday morning, including: State HWY 35 from Prairie du Chien to State HWY 171.

Multiple roads are closed in Crawford County this morning. Major roads include: State HWY 35 is closed from Prairie du...

Posted by Crawford County Emergency Management on Friday, September 13, 2019

Grant County also had to clear roads of debris. As of 2:30 p.m. Friday, WIS 133 South was closed at CTH T because of flooding on the roadway, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Grant County Emergency Management asked people who sustained damage to their homes to report damage. Officials said the damage survey will determine if the county could apply for any state or federal aid. People's homes who sustained damage should call, Grant County Emergency Management Office at 608-723-7171.

Due to the road conditions, Wauzeka-Steuben School District and Boscobel Area School District canceled classes on Friday.

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