Flooding in the area led to many closed roads, and even caused Kickapoo Area Schools in Viola to be closed on Wednesday.
"In this instance, we had areas of our district with 6 inches of rain,” superintendent Doug Olsen said. Students had only been back for the school year since last week.
"It's not really the way it's planned,” he said. “Everybody’s excited to come back, and you have three days of school and you have to cancel, but safety kind of trumps that newness."
Olsen said it was the first flood day the district has had to take since the late 2000s.
"Being a big rural district and spread out pretty wide, they've been cut off from a lot of their paths to get kids in and out,” said Jeff Liska, who is the fire chief, director of public works and local director of emergency management. “School buses aren’t allowed to drive in water or through a closed road."
Officials closed side roads throughout Vernon County.
"They'd run out of 'road closed' signs before they got to Viola,” Liska said. “They had to make a second trip."
None of this is new for Liska.
"This is kind of an annual event actually,” he said.
Liska said it's nowhere near as bad as the flooding that left its mark in 2008, but this year’s flooding still carries its issues to shore.
“We had roads open that are now completely washed out,” he said. “We're going to have to work next few days to get people to their driveways."
Liska said the cycle of flooding and cleanup won’t stop anytime soon.
"Never,” he said. “We're used to it. As long as it doesn’t get any worse than this, it's not that big of a deal."
Olsen said barring any further rain, kids will be back to school Thursday.