UPDATE: Strong storms in SW Wis. result in flooding, damage

Published: Jul. 20, 2017 at 3:17 AM CDT
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According to a release from the Arcadia Police Department, all main access points in and out of the city are open. Multiple side streets are still flooded and deemed impassable.

Large dumpsters are available for any people living in Arcadia to drop off items which have been destroyed by the flood waters. They are currently located in the Historical Society parking lot off of Washington St/CTH J.

MADISON, Wis. (RELEASE FROM DEPT. OF MILITARY AFFAIRS) -- A line of thunderstorms moved through parts of the region during the later afternoon and evening of July 19. The storm produced damaging wind gusts over parts of southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa into southwest Wisconsin. Later in the evening, storms redeveloped further north in western Wisconsin. These storms repeatedly hit the same areas just east of the Mississippi River into the Wisconsin River valley. Many towns were flooded out by 6-8 inches of rain, and many rivers rose or will rise to major flood stage.

A flash flood watch is in effect for western and southern WI for Friday through Saturday morning. Heavy rain and thunderstorms will impact western and southern Wisconsin late Friday afternoon through early Saturday morning. Severe thunderstorms, with damaging winds and a few tornadoes, are possible. Rainfall amounts of 1-3 inches are expected, with higher amounts of 4-5 inches in localized areas. Minor flooding is occurring on the Kickapoo and Baraboo Rivers. Moderate to Major river flooding is expected with the additional rainfall.

Flooding Response & Recovery

Approximately 11 individuals from Arcadia and about 75 from Galesville were evacuated this morning.

There are four shelters that are currently open:

Trempealeau County

Holy Family Catholic Church

532 McKinley Street

Arcadia, Wis., 54612

Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School

17511 North Main Street

Galesville, Wis., 54630

Number of occupants not known

La Crosse County

Southern Bluff Elementary School

4010 Sunny Drive

La Crosse, Wis., 54601

Monroe County

Barney Center

1000 East Montgomery Street

Sparta, Wis., 54656

Damage Assessments
Buffalo County:

High water and mudslides have made numerous roads impassable in the southern half of the county. There was a mudslide reported on Highway 95 near Fountain City. County officials are announcing road closure information and warnings via social media.

Crawford County:

Strong winds caused power outages and some damage. The areas most affected include the city and town of Prairie du Chien and the town of Bridgeport. Multiple hangars were damaged or destroyed in the storm. Sandbagging began in Steuben due to the projected rise in the level of the Kickapoo River.

Grant County:

Straight line winds caused damage and downed power lines. The second round of storms caused flash flooding in the county’s northeastern areas, including Castle Rock, Blue River and Clifton.

La Crosse County:

Numerous flash-flooding incidents have been reported throughout the county. Most of the flooding is in the southern third of the county, but also significant residential and street flooding in Onalaska and Holmen. Wind damage to trees and power lines have been reported. There was flooding at the WAFER Food Pantry and at the Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare.

Monroe County: At approximately 9:00 a.m. an emergency operations center was established at the Monroe County Justice Center in Sparta, WI due to flooding and subsequent damage in the area. Voluntary evacuations for some areas are in place and some township roads are still closed. At this time all state highways that were initially closed have been opened and are passable. EOC is open and planned to be staffed for approximately 72 hours. Initial damage assessments are underway.

Richland County:

The county Emergency Operations Center will be partially activated based on current high water levels and forecast of additional rain.

Rock County:

There are reports of power outages and fallen trees and tree limbs. A couple of homes have been struck by fallen trees.

Trempealeau County:

Arcadia, Blair, Ettrick and Galesville were affected by last night’s flooding. Arcadia opened an emergency operations center and evacuee reception center at approximately 2 a.m. today. Approximately 11 people have been displaced and 20 homes and some businesses were impacted in Arcadia. A basement collapse has been reported but not confirmed. Homes in Blair were also affected.

Vernon County:

Reports of minor localized flooding, with trees and power lines down. High water on several roadways has begun to recede, but the Kickapoo River remains a concern with the potential for more rain. Sidie Hollow and Esofea campgrounds were evacuated as a precaution.

Southeast WI Recovery Efforts Racine County

Samaritan’s Purse has begun assisting residents with cleanup. As of last night, they had 97 work orders in Burlington. They plan to assist in Kenosha and Walworth counties.

Kenosha County

Damage assessments continue.

Walworth County

The Red Cross plans to open a Multi-Agency Resource Center tomorrow at the Walworth County Health and Human Services building in Elkhorn on Friday from noon to 7:00 pm.

Other Information

Members of Governor Walker’s cabinet met with local government officials and emergency managers from Kenosha, Racine and Walworth Counties today. Representatives from the Department of Administration (DOA), Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Department of Health Services (DHS), Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Department of Transportation (DOT), Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI), Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM), and Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) discussed possible disaster recovery resources and listened to concern and answered questions.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Chula Vista resort in Wisconsin Dells was back open one day after a lightning strike started a fire on the roof.

The strike happened around 10 p.m. Wednesday. The resort manager says lightning hit the roof of the indoor water park. Firefighters and police at the scene saw flames.

The park was already closed for the day so no one was inside at the time. Damage was minimal.

ARCADIA, Wis. (RELEASE FROM ASHLEY FURNITURE) -- Due to the impact of flooding in Arcadia, Ashley Furniture 2nd shift CaseGoods Lamination will be operational. All other 2nd shift Casegoods operations are cancelled.

Ashley's Upholstery Support and Assembly operations will be cancelled for both 1st and 2nd shift.

All Casegood’s and Upholstery areas will be operating as normal on 3rd shift.

Ashley’s Warehouse and Distribution operations are still operational.

TREMPEALEAU COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) --Multiple roads in Trempealeau County and Buffalo County are closed due to high water or mudslides, even prompting an evacuation in Arcadia.

The Arcadia Police Department says early morning evacuations are complete and everyone in Arcadia is safe, however all major roads into the city are still closed.Flooding was caused due rising waters from Turton Creek.

Ashley Furniture manufacturing shifts have been delayed until 8 a.m.

There is widespread flooding around the facility, and dozens of office and manufacturing positions will not be able to report to work today.

The Buffalo County Sheriff's Office says numerous roads in the southern half of the county have become impassible due to high water or mudslides.

Rose Valley Road in the Town of Belvidere and County Hwy O near the golf course in Cochrane are both impassible. The sheriff's office says it's also received a report of a mudslide on highway 95 near Fountain City. All lanes of traffic on Highway 95 between US-53 and WIS-93 are closed due to flooding.

The sheriff’s office says more road closures are expected and that it can’t alert residents of every road closure. For that reason, officials are asking drivers to be careful and to be aware of their surroundings.

***flooding and traffic alert*** The City of Arcadia and surrounding areas are experiencing significant flooding. ...

Posted by Arcadia Police Department on Thursday, July 20, 2017

Road closures due to flooding: State Rd 95 at Cty Rd N Us Hwy 53 N of Galesville Us hwy 53 at the city of Blair County I...

Posted by Trempealeau County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, July 20, 2017

Road Closures

The following is a list of road closures WEAU has learned about as of 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Town of Shelby

  • Breidel Coulee Road at Evergreen Lane bridge closed
  • Road closed between 14/61 split and County Road GI. Detour Hwy K to Hwy 14.

Town of Farmington

  • A. Craig Road is closed
  • Hippler Hill Road has damage, but is believed to be open
  • Town crews have NOT been able to access Herman Coulee Road or the Wet Coulee Hill
  • County Road DE at State Road 108 is under water
  • Portions of County Roads C (near CTH A), Q (near CTH C) are damaged
  • Wenzel Road and Hwy T – Numerous slide offs
  • Wanlass Road from Radio Tower to Hwy T – Closed due to mudslide.

Town of Greenfield

  • The County Road M detour via CTH YY is closed due to sagging power lines on CTH YY
  • Schmaltz road, shoulder damage to pavement, mud over back part of road. Water to bridge deck on Mormon Coulee Creek.
  • Doll Road, rutted, damage to pavement
  • Schieche Road, water damage to shoulder to pavement, two bridges lost rip rap stone.
  • Ober Road, large boulders on road, creek over the road shoulder damage
  • Kammel Coulee Road spillway damage road closed at Town line intersection with Washington Township
  • Temp road water over road debris damage
  • Kriebich Road, debris over road
  • Valley Wood Spring, Culvert damage Birchview Circle
  • All roads passable except Kammel but need plowing for debris

Town of Bangor

  • County Road II at County Road I is closed due to a bridge failure

Town of Barre

  • Nearly all driveways on Drechtrah Coulee Road are washed out
  • 8’ culvert completely destroyed near Sofia Lane

Town of Onalaska

  • Road edges washed out on Sobkowiak Road and most of the Apple Valley Neighborhood
  • 2nd Street in Midway water is coming into homes
  • Miller Road off County M has been reported as Gone.

Town of Holland

  • Wolfe Road is flooded but passable for the most part.
  • Town of Burns
  • Hwy U - Bridge under water


  • County Road CM
  • Intersection of Icebox Road/Icon Roads
  • Icarus Road


  • CTH P (Piper Valley Road - Alpine Rd.)
  • Bridge at Joos Valley Rd.
  • STH 88 (Oak Valley Rd. - To SCHOEPPS Valley Rd)


Shelters set up in wake of southwest Wisconsin flooding

The American Red Cross has opened shelters in four locations after severe weather and flooding forced evacuations.

Shelters are located at Holy Family Catholic Church in Arcadia, Southern Bluffs Elementary School in La Crosse, Barney Center in Sparta, and Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School in Galesville.

At this time, the Red Cross is providing meals and personal care items for affected people along with a place to stay.