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Village of Gays Mills dealing with floods better now than five years ago


GAYS MILLS, WI (WTAQ) - The Kickapoo River rose again Tuesday morning in southwest Wisconsin, after another bout of heavy rain.

However, the village of Gays Mills is doing a lot better than in the Floods of 2007 and ‘08.

Dozens of homes, businesses, and local government institutions moved to higher ground after that second pounding. As a result, Village President Patrick Broadway said just 10 homes have been affected by the high waters, compared to 30 or 40 in the downtown area just five years ago.

Library director Maura Otis tells WXOW-TV in La Crosse that flood waters can still come through the higher parts of Gays Mills. She said folks are hoping there’s as much time as possible between rainstorms this week, so as much water can recede as possible.

Tuesday morning, the Kickapoo was a foot-and-a-half above its flood stage at Gays Mills.

The National Weather Service said Tuesday morning’s rains have stopped, except in the Milwaukee region.

Another wave of storms is due in Wisconsin late Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night, with up two more inches in places that are saturated.

Readstown had just over 2.75 more inches of rain Monday and overnight. Milton, to the east, had two inches.

Besides the Kickapoo, the Sugar River at Brodhead and the East Pecatonica at Blanchardville remained over their banks Tuesday.