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09
Dec
09

My Snow…um…car

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09
Dec
09

And It’s Still Snowing!

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This tree could not hold the snow’s weight from last night’s storm.

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Preliminary reports from professional and non-professional sources around the state report snowfall accumulations of between eight to sixteen inches of snow – and it’s still snowing.

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Fortunately, for me, some unknown Good Samaritan plowed my driveway, so I have a minimal amount of shoveling to do.

16
Jun
08

Wisconsin River at Muscoda

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The Muscoda boat landing began to flood Friday morning, but the Town of Muscoda hadn’t flooded.

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The Wisconsin River at Muscoda.

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The Muscoda bridge over the Wisconsin River.  The Wisconsin River is expected to crest at Muscoda either today or tomorrow.

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A tree which is now in the Wisconsin River.

15
Jun
08

Pastures Turned into Lakes

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Other rural roads and lanes had water rushing across but the roads were still intact underneath.

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But nearby fields had turned into lakes.

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Isolating horses…

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Turning trees into islands…

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and forcing cows onto higher ground.

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15
Jun
08

The Blue River

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The Blue River had completely left its banks, cutting paths across roads and invading fields.

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It made an island out of this bridge.

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I was unable to drive through to Blue River and it is my understanding that the town of Blue River is cutoff.

15
Jun
08

Balmoral Dam

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Years ago this small dam had been deemed unsafe by the Department of Natural Resources.

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The DNR breeched the dam so that water wouldn’t build up behind it and cause a greater calamity later.

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When I took these pictures Friday afternoon, several hours after the storm, a tremendous amount of water poured through the breech.

14
Jun
08

The Morning After, 6-13-08

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Thursdays storms added an additional two and a half inches of water to an area of Wisconsin that has gotten close to a foot of rain in the past seven days.  Travel in southwestern Wisconsin was not recommended, but I didn’t have anything better to do.

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What was forest is now river.

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Parts of a hill slid onto Highway 130 near the Lone Rock boat landing.

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Near the Lone Rock boat landing the Wisconsin River is out of its banks and the river hasn’t crested yet.

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Normally, you stand in front of this sign to read it.

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The boat landing’s parking lot is between the grass in the foreground and the trees on the right.  Lone Rock was partially flooded and the town of Avoca was evacuated.  Residents were not permitted back in until Friday afternoon and then only to check on their properties.  As of Saturday the citizens of Avoca could return to their homes and stay if they had electricity.  Roads were washed out.  Bridges washed out.  Southwestern Wisconsin is basically a great big lake right now.  A lake that is slowly draining into the Wisconsin River, which is draining into the Mississippi River along with all that water in Illinois and Iowa and heading south.




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