Overnight rain causes more flooding, school closings, in local communities

Parts of Vernon, Richland, Monroe, and Crawford Counties were hit with more heavy rain late Monday night and early Tuesday morning. This rainfall comes as communities are still assessing damage from widespread, and in some cases record-setting flooding in late August.

No injuries are reported because of the most recent flooding, but there were a few people who needed to be evacuated in Vernon County. Coon Creek water levels reached the U.S. Highway 14 bridge in Coon Valley, forcing authorities to close the bridge for several hours early Tuesday morning. It was reopened at about 5:30 a.m. The latest road closure information is available through Wisconsin’s 511 service.

Weather also forced administrators of several Coulee Region school districts to postpone the first day of classes. Tuesday’s list of school delays/closings included Seneca, Westby, North Crawford, Prairie du Chien, and Cashton. The latest list is posted on our School Delays/Closings site.

Meanwhile, authorities say there’s no relief in sight for waterlogged southern Wisconsin residents.

The National Weather Service has extended a flood warning for Madison until Thursday afternoon after the area received more than an inch and a half of rain Saturday night through Sunday evening. The weather service says another 2 inches of rain could fall through Wednesday.

Water levels of the four Yahara River lakes continued to rise and Madison police say flash flooding has closed several roads.

Authorities say there is major flooding along the Baraboo River near Baraboo, Reedsburg and Rock Springs. Moderate flooding on the Fox River was reported near Berlin.

Residents have been dealing with high water since heavy rain and tornadoes battered southern and central Wisconsin starting on Aug. 20.