Coon Valley business prepares for potential flooding

Coon Valley could see anywhere from one to three inches or more of rain overnight. As the area braces for more rain, residents and business owners are taking additional measures to protect their properties from flooding.

Coon Creek rose right up to the front entrance of Coon Valley Dairy Supply last week. Because the ground is so saturated with water from all the rain, the store’s owner is worried that his business could take on water once again.

“We’re really worried about tonight,” said Larry Servais, the store’s owner.

Some equipment was almost completely submerged last week during the height of the flooding.

“Then last night again, it just rains and rains and rains. You know, it’s just kind of overwhelming,” Servais said.

He has been able to clean up the shop with the help of other community members and staff, but he just received more equipment that’s normally kept outside this morning.

“We put those over on the other side of the building. They’re up in the field actually. So they’re way high up,” Servais said.

The Vernon County Emergency Management Department says it wants other people to be prepared too if the creek rises again.

“We’re telling people to seek shelter, for one thing, adequate shelter for themselves and their families,” said Linda Nederlo, public information officer for Vernon County Emergency Management.

Coon Valley residents were evacuated by boats and backhoes last week. Nederlo said the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will have crews on standby with boats this time.

“In case that needs to be done tonight again,” Nederlo said.

If people do need to leave their homes, the emergency management department will have the latest information on its website.

“They could call into the sheriff’s department, or they can call into Emergency Management too,” Nederlo said. The number for the emergency management department is (608)637-5266.

Servais is hoping for the best for a community that has been through so much already.

“If we get by tonight, I think we’ll be good,” Servais said.

There is an estimated $9 million to $10 million worth of damage to infrastructure, according to the Vernon County Emergency Management Department. Initial estimates also put the loss of personal property and homes around $4 million. That number is expected to rise if there is additional damage tonight.