Grant Co. Deputy Injured by OWI Driver in Crash

On September 8, 2018 at approximately 2:24am a Grant County Deputy was dispatched to a report of a large amount of hay in the roadway on Hwy 151 northbound near Eagle Point Rd, located in the Township of Jamestown.
   At 2:45 a.m., a Grant County Deputy was able to locate the debris in the roadway, and parking the squad care in the left lane with all of its emergency lights activated while the Deputy removed the debris from the lane of travel.
   At approximately 2:49am, Paige Rice, age 28 from rural Platteville, was traveling northbound on Hwy 151 in her 2002 Honda Accord when she struck the rear of the Grant County squad. Rice then veered into the median where the Deputy has been walking back to his squad car. The Deputy had to dive into the wooded median to avoid getting struck by Rice's vehicle.
   The Grant County Deputy was transported to Southwest Health Center via Dickeyville EMS for minor injuries sustained during the crash. After a brief investigation it was discovered that Rice was under the influence of intoxicants, and was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated Causing Injury. Rice was transported to The Grant County Jail where she is being held on a $500 cash bond. Rice was not injured in the crash.         Rice's vehicle sustained heavy front end damage and the Grant County squad sustained heavy rear end damages.
   Both vehicles were removed from the scene by Donnie's Tire and Towing of Dickeyville. The Grant County Sheriff's Office was assisted in this matter by the Jamestown Fire Department, Jamestown First Responders, Dickeyville EMS, Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Office, the East Dubuque Police Department, and Donnie's Tire and Tow of Dickeyville.

How local businesses are coping with the floods

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Joe Brandt, owner of Village Green-House Green-house Florist in Gays Mills tells about how after 34 years they were flooded for the first time.

Crawford County, WI - Sept. 5, 2018 - Midwest News toured the Kickapoo Valley between Steuben and Soldiers Grove to see how businesses and events are being affected by the flooding.
   Wednesday the rain was adding to the raising waters.  It was rumored that the Kickapoo might raise to 16 plus feet at Steuben within the next 24 hours.  That level of renewed flooding would pour water into businesses and homes that were trying their best to clean up after the last record flood.   See Video

Steuben Underwater

Flood after

Steuben, WI - August 30, 2018 - After a tremendous community sandbagging effort the Kickapoo again ignored our defenses, breaching walls of sandbags and entering homes and businesses without discrimination.  Jo’s Kountry Bar, where a great deal of effort went into building a sandbag wall, ultimately the wall could not withstand the extreme pressure of tons of marauding river waters.  (See Video)
   The two bar/restrurants, the other being Lou’s R&R, have 4 feet of water in their interiors.  To add insult to injury, while towns’ people stared mute in disbelief at the overnight flooding, the day open with a beautiful blue sky, and fluffy white clouds. The weather, a wonderful, cool early fall day with a few fall leaves passing by.  It certainly must have felt, to someone whose house is full of river water, as an ultimate irony.
   The same spirit that animated groups of people up and down the Kickapoo Valley to fight back against Mother Nature will still prevail when the waters recede.  They will do what they have always done, clean up, repair, and restore their communities.

Gays Mills sees record flooding

Flood GM House

Gays Mills, WI - August 29, 2018 - Flood waters of the Kickapoo River are migrating fast down the valley.  By 9 a.m. the waters in Gays Mills had reached a record stage with cresting still hours away.  Much of the old part of Gays Mills had water up to the door threshold.  See Video
   Many people commented on how fast the flooding occurred.  One resident said he was up a 5 a.m. and looked out the window without seeing any flooding.  He dozed off on the couch for about an hour, and when he looked out his living room window this time he saw water up to the headlights on his truck.
   People's attitude ranged from being miffed at the lack of infrastructure maintenance in Wisconsin that they blamed on contributing to the constant flooding, to ‘oh well, been through it before, we'll deal with it again’.

Towns along the Kickapoo
prepare for record flooding

Flood prep

Steuben, WI Mayor Marcus McCullick describes the community sandbagging effort by volunteers to protect local businesses from the flood waters of the Kickapoo River.  See Video.  A town with a population of only 131 individuals turns out a record number of volunteers of all ages to work for the common good.  Something sure to build community.  If only our politicians would follow this example.  One can only hope.

Significant flooding occurring - more severe
weather possible through this evening

August 28, 2018 - Flooding increased from MODERATE to RECORD severity along the Kickapoo River in Crawford County
   SOLDIERS GROVE / River Stage at noon today 10.2 feet. Flood stage is 13 feet. Forecast to rise above flood stage today and continue to rise to 22.5 feet by Wednesday. The river will fall below flood stage by Saturday morning. **Impact ** At 20 feet significant flooding occurs in the older parts of town.
   GAYS MILLS / River stage at 9 am today was 9.1 feet. Flood stage is 13 feet. Forecast... rise above flood stage Wednesday to near 22 feet Wednesday evening. The river will fall below flood stage Sunday morning.
   STEUBEN / River stage at 12:45 pm today was 7.4 feet. Flood stage is 12 feet. Forecast to rise above flood stage Wednesday morning and continue to rise to near 18.5 feet by Thursday morning. The river will fall below flood stage by Sunday evening. **Impact** At 18 feet water is several feet deep in buildings located along STH 179.
   Precautionary / Preparedness Actions.... If you live in a threatened area, be alert for high or rising water, and be ready to move to higher ground if necessary.
   Do not drive cars in flooded areas. Turn Around, Don't Drown.

Storm results in major area flooding

August 28, 2018 - Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears would like to inform the public of major flooding in the following areas, Chaseburg, Coon Valley, Ontario in Vernon County.     Several roads are closed due to water and debris over the roadways.  Sheriff Spears urges the public to stay alert and do not drive into any water covered roadways, due to the road being washed away or your vehicle stalling.  Area fire departments have had to do rescues in the following areas, County Road P in the town of Christiana and State Highway 56 in the town of Liberty, Timber-Coulee along County Road P and the Village of Coon Valley and Chaseburg.

   Main Highways that are closed due to flooding are US Highway 14 West side of Coon Valley and State Highway 35 at County Road K in LaCrosse County.



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