Historic river flooding totals in Vernon, Crawford Counties

Historic river flooding totals in Vernon, Crawford Counties

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Several areas along the Kickapoo River had historic crests during late August flooding.

River observation points at Gays Mills, La Farge, Readstown, Steuben and Viola all had record totals

Viola in Vernon County recorded the highest mark reported at 23.72 feet.

That mark is nearly a half foot above the previous record.

Staff with the National Weather Service say a lot of factors combined to create flooding issues.

"We just can't handle that amount of water, even though we've been dry before that, any place that gets 15 or more inches of rain will see significant flooding.  In this case, unfortunately that flooding was made worse by some dam failures that occured across Vernon County and that of course resulted in record setting flooding," said Dave Lawrence, Meteorologist with NWS La Crosse.

Readstown crested at just over 23 feet, which is 3 and a half feet above the previous record.

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