Pecatonica River recedes, cleanup begins

Published: Jul. 22, 2017 at 6:28 PM CDT
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LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Wis. (WTMV) -- Crews are cleaning up after heavy rain and flooding Friday night.

Darlington has been hit hard as police say the Pecatonica River got up to more than 15 feet.

"It’s probably the worst I’ve seen here since I owned the bar, 13 years," said Lou Uran with New Diggings General Store & Inn.

Uran said about nine inches of rain fell on New Diggings Friday night.

"This corner of the county, Benton and New Diggins townships are going to see some road work that needs to be repaired," said Emergency Management Director Theresa Burgess.

Burgess said because of the flooding they're now looking at about 5 major projects in the area.

And in Darlington, along the river, the waiting game is on.

"Right now the river has crested at 15 feet and .29 so we have had the bridge, well actually Main Street closed since about 5:15 this morning," said Sgt. Tony Ruesga with Darlington Police.

Vehicles are allowed to pass through but at their own risk.

Authorities say there hasn't been any reported damage to homes or businesses.

Copyright 2017: WMTV

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