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Wed
05
Sep

Kickapoo River flood punishes Crawford County, communities stand together


Jeff Lehman and Michelle Detman live at the intersection of Sand Hill Road and West River Road in Bell Center, where the Kickapoo River blew the minds of local residents with a record-breaking surge last week. Lehman said the river had risen to the bridge in the distance the morning of Aug. 29, but by 6 p.m., he had to take his boat to pick up Detman and bring her home. (Photos by Correne Martin)

A raging Kickapoo River made County S impassable near Bell Center Aug. 29.

The Kickapoo River came up to the bottom of the Highway 179 bridge outside of Steuben.

Highway 171 into Gays Mills was a devastating site to see Aug. 29. It’s said to have crested at 22.15 feet—even higher than the previous record in 2008 of 20.44 feet.

Emily McAlister, Trent Mallat and Dylan Mallat check out the flood waters close to Steuben.

Trent Mallat, of Eastman, stands staring at the water over the road on Highway 179, between the bridge and Kickapoo Valley Road near Steuben.

All sorts of debris was and will be found down stream after this disaster.

A calm yet curious cow checks out the saturated ground near the Plum Creek Road canoe landing.

The Plum Creek Road bridge in Wauzeka Township had river and creek waters nearing its tipping point. At the canoe landing down the road, the river came over its banks and covered the roadway pavement.

A man was rescued from his vehicle by swift water rescue team members on Highway 131 Wednesday, Aug. 29. The man had driven into flood waters. (Photo by Dennis Pelock)

Erik CaPaul, of Waunakee, brings his drone back along a flooded West Citron Road, outside of Steuben, Aug. 29, while his mom, Sue Porter, of Madison, looks. After hearing the high water reports, the two came to the area to check on a cabin they just took ownership of about three weeks ago.

The swollen Kickapoo River could be seen at its peak in the valleys below Klema Lane in Eastman Township.

Walker Hollow, between Eastman and Steuben, was covered with muddy flood waters last week. Pictured is the Beers farm.

By Correne Martin

Jeff Lehman and Michelle Detman were crossing the newly flowing river just beneath their house on Wednesday night, Aug. 29, about 6 p.m. They only moved into their rural Gays Mills home less than six months prior and had little idea something this major could happen in their own backyard. 

Wed
05
Sep

Hydrological technicians deploy RC boat to record data


Zachary Scott, a hydrologic technician with the United States Geological Survey, prepares a jet-powered, remote controlled boat Thursday morning, Aug. 30, to test the river flow at Steuben. Jo’s Kountry Bar in the background was inundated with water after the river flowed over the sandbag wall. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Hydrologic technician Clay Utzig checks with fellow technician Zachary Scott Thursday morning as he prepares to move the remote-controlled boat out into the main current at Steuben. The boat relayed information such as current flow to a monitor in a USGS van. Playground equipment is in the background, including a swing set.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The record-setting flood on Aug. 29 and Aug. 30 in Steuben of 19.84 feet caused a lot of problems for area residents and business owners, but it was the perfect time for two hydrologic technicians to gather information and test theories.

Wed
05
Sep

$5.84M in damages estimated already


The railroad tracks along Highway 35 washed out from heavy rain Monday night, Sept. 3. The washout caused a minor train derailment. (Photo by Todd Myers)

This is some of the damage to the park in Soldiers Grove caused by the recent record flood of the Kickapoo River. (Photo by Dennis Pelock)

This is part of Highway 171 on Orchard Hill that got damaged due to heavy rain Monday night. (Photo by Todd Myers)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The rain just keeps coming and causing major problems for Crawford County and the surrounding area. Directly on the heels of a record-setting Kickapoo River flood that affected numerous homes and businesses in Soldiers Grove, Gays Mills and Steuben, heavy rain Monday night caused parts of Highway 35 and other roads to fill with mud, branches and other debris. Some county roads were damaged as well. 

Wed
05
Sep

Prairie gridders pull out thrilling victory


Prairie's Dylan Coleman scampers for a first down on a short pass Saturday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Tyler Smock gathers in a bomb from Gavin Gillitzer for a TD Saturday afternoon.

Ben Riter grabs a pass and gains a first down.

 

By Zach Mara

 

Wed
05
Sep

Golfers host Lancaster


Prairie du Chien's Allison Kennedy chips up onto the first green Thursday afternoon at Prairie du Chien Country Club. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Gabby Ritchie chips to the fourth green Thursday.

Macy Sander putts on the fourth green.

Molly Peterson putts on the first hole Thursday afternoon.

The Lady Hawk golfers hosted their first conference match of the season against Lancaster on Aug. 30 at Prairie du Chien Country Club. Lancaster only had three players available for scoring so the match was unofficial. The Lady Hawk varsity had Gabby Ritchie, Macy Sander and Molly Peterson each card a 56 to lead team scoring. Sophie Miller added a 59 and Allison Kennedy a 62 for a four-person team score of 227. The Lady Hawks' next home match will be Thursday, Sept. 6 with a 4 p.m. start time.

Tue
04
Sep

Anne E. Matti

Anne E. Matti, 88, passed away peacefully on Aug. 31, at McKinley Place in Cedarburg. 

She was born on Dec. 10, 1929, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Orley and Belva Chamberlain.

Anne is survived by her seven children, Susan (Phil) Schroeder, Steven Matti, Nancy (Steve) Irlbeck, Bill Matti, Jeff (Kit) Matti, Jennifer (Mike) Wirth and Christopher Matti; grandchildren, Jesse (David), Emily (Dan), Allison (Joey), Bryan (Carly), Kevin (Maggie), Hannah, Nina, Anne, Madeline, James, Kesslyn and Mason. She is also survived by four great-grandsons; sister, Adeline (George) Sutton; brother, Richard (Lora) Chamberlain; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gaylord Matti; parents; brother, Orley; and sisters, Cleo, Gertrude and Evelyn.

Tue
04
Sep

Karen R. White

Karen R. White, 73, of Prairie du Chien, passed away on Monday, Sept. 3, at her home following an extended illness. 

She was born Dec. 1, 1944, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Vincent and Viola (Muller) Polodna. She married Ronald White on Jan. 5, 1963, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. Karen owned and operated a country gift shop, Color Me Country, in McGregor, Iowa. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed birds, her flower gardens and most of all, her treasured grandchildren. 

Fri
31
Aug

Not much damage to Crawford County roads


Blacktop that floated over from the park in Soldiers Grove covers part of County C. Crawford County Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock said there was very little damage to county roads. There might be a small amount of shoulder repairs required along with clearing the roads of mud and debris. (Photo by Dennis Pelock)

This is some of the damage to the park in Soldiers Grove caused by the recent record flood of the Kickapoo River. (Photo by Dennis Pelock)

The Kickapoo River over County S near Petersburg was raging Aug. 28 and Aug. 29. (Photo by Dennis Pelock)

Sam Groom enjoys floating on some calm flood water in Steuben Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Some vehicles drive through water going over Highway 60 near the intersection with Highway 131 near Wauzeka Thursday afternoon. Highway 60 was later closed to traffic at this location. Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock said the last time the Kickapoo River went over Highway 60 was in 2008. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Unfortunately, water went over the sandbag wall at Jo's Kountry Bar in Steuben on Wednesday. This photo was taken Thursday. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

An elderly man is rescued from his vehicle by the Crawford County Swift Water Rescue Team on Highway 131 Wednesday, Aug. 29. The man had driven into flood waters. (Photo by Dennis Pelock)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford County roads did not sustain much damage, said Crawford County Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock Thursday morning, Aug. 30.

Wed
29
Aug

Record flooding in Soldiers Grove, Gays Mills, Steuben


Kickapoo River Bridge on Highway 61 near the Vernon County line. (Photos by Dennis Pelock)

Bridge in "old town" Soldiers Grove. It is hoped that the bridges in Crawford County do not give way under the pounding of the raging river.

County B near Gays Mills was one of several roads that were closed in Crawford County.

Highway 131 in Soldiers Grove remains closed.

This is another view of the bridge in "old town" of Soldiers Grove Tuesday morning.

This was part of Gays Mills Tuesday morning. The river is still rising and is expected to set a record.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford County emergency and Highway Department personnel are prepared and continue to monitor the Kickapoo River, which is predicted to reach record flood levels. Sandbagging was done at Soldiers Grove, Gays Mills and Steuben the morning of Aug. 28 in anticipation of the flood.

Wed
29
Aug

Carriage Classic now the largest pleasure-driving equestrian event


The Villa Louis Carriage Classic is a one-of-a-kind event where spectators can experience elegant drivers compete with their horse-drawn carriages in the most lavish styles known.

Now holding the title of the largest pleasure-driving equestrian event in the country, the Villa Louis Carriage Classic will take place Sept. 7-9, in Prairie du Chien. 

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, drivers will elegantly command their horses and carriages of all breeds, styles and time periods through the arena and obstacles, presenting to a crowd of people from all over the United States. The event will host the finest horses and ponies and over 100 new and restored carriages. 

2018 is the 38th year of the Carriage Classic.

“The largest show in the country didn’t happen this year,” stated Mike Rider, show organizer. “So we are the largest.”

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