By Correne Martin
A series of severe storms involving heavy rain and high winds over the weekend has resulted in flash flooding, landslides, washouts, property damage and much debris left behind for cleanup crews in southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa. The danger isn’t over either, as one to three inches of additional rain is forecast for both Monday and Tuesday this week.
Beginning Friday morning, June 21, a line of thunderstorms brought copious amounts of rain and 30-50 mph winds to the area. For this first round of storms, the National Weather Service of La Crosse reported 2 to 3.5 inches of rain.
During the early morning hours of Saturday, June 22, storms producing sporadic wind damage and heavy rain hit once again, with nearly seven inches falling in some places. Rivers responded very rapidly, especially on the lower end of the Kickapoo River in southwest Wisconsin and on the Upper Iowa and Turkey Rivers in northeast Iowa.