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Prairie Du Chien flooding starts a big cleanup process

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PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. (WXOW) – Thursday night’s rain caused flash flooding. Damage has continued into the weekend, causing a big clean up.

Mayor Dave Hemmer declared a state of emergency.  Making that call means more authority to order whatever is necessary to protect the health and safety of the public.

The effected areas of town are primarily on the east side of town. No one had to evacuate their house, but damage was done.

“It’s effecting my backyard. We got debris, we got mud, an inch of mud in the backyard. We can’t even deal with it yet,” said resident Ed Boltz.

The National Weather Service said that between September 7th and the 13th, Prairie Du Chien received over 7 inches of rain. Most of it came down within an hour, which was too much for the storm sewer system to handle.

“It would have worked if it wouldn’t have all come in a half hours time. That just blew everything out,” said Mayor Dave Hemmer.

For the future, Mayor Hemmer said they will continue on and try to fix the problems that need to be addressed.

Declan Levy

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