Repairs underway on huge hole in La Crosse street caused by heavy rain

Washout cleanup

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Efforts are underway to fix a large hole that formed, as part of a La Crosse street washed away following last week's storms.

The washout at 23rd Street and Park Drive in La Crosse near Myrick Park is mostly filled in. The hole measured about 50 feet wide and 30 feet deep.]

Crews now need to repair the road.

City officials say they are doing more than just repairing the washout, they're trying to prevent this kind of damage from happening again.

"The ultimate plan as this is restored would be to actually build in a constructed overflow. It'll be a designed system that it'll overflow, hit the riprap, and not erode the bank like we think happened last week," said Utilities Manager Mark Johnson.

The washout repair is expected to take a couple more weeks.

City officials say the best thing people can do to prevent washouts in their area is to make sure street drains are not plugged with debris.

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