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Deadly flooding hits area
Sandbagging in Steuben
Sandbagging in Steuben

Torrential rains followed by flash flooding last week resulted in closed roads and schools, a train derailment near Ferryville, and at least two deaths as some areas received nearly a foot of rain over a 24-hour period beginning Wednesday, Sept. 22.

Following the devastation, Governor Scott Walker declared a State of Emergency for 15 western Wisconsin counties, including Crawford, Vernon and Richland.

“More than 10 inches of rain fell this week, which caused flooding and mudslides across the region of western Wisconsin,” Walker said. “I want to thank all of the first responders and local officials in the area who are working hard to manage the situation. I am instructing the Wisconsin National Guard and all state agencies to provide assistance to those affected by this natural disaster.”

Governor Walker toured Gays Mills on Saturday, where the village was forced to reschedule Apple Fest until the weekend of Oct. 7-9. There also was no hope for holding the Viola Horse and Colt Show, which was cancelled for the first time in its 85-year history.

For the complete article, please see the Sept. 29, 2016 issue of the Boscobel Dial.

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