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Torrential rains that fell overnight on River Falls and the surrounding area resulted in great accumulation at the Hoffman Park retention basin. Soccer nets in the basin indicated water was three or more feet deep.

Downpour causes flooding, road closings

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The latest summer storm of 2010 brought 3.87 inches of rain to River Falls overnight into Wednesday. Other areas of Pierce and St. Croix County got 4-5 inches. At 7 a.m. Wednesday, six hours after the deluge had moved on, the Hoffman Park drain basin was so filled from water runoff it looked like a new city lake had formed.

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In Pierce County, Hwy. 63 north of Hwy. 29 was expected to be closed all day Wednesday due to flooding, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. Hwy. 10 at County Road A was also closed due to rising water. Hwy. 29 west of Hwy. 63 was closed very early Wednesday but then reopened.

Sheriff's deputies were evacuating some households in Martell and El Paso along the Rush River because of rising waters.

The St. Croix County Sheriff's Department also reported major flooding overnight. Hit hard were the villages of Baldwin, Woodville and Wilson, and the towns of Hammond, Baldwin, Springfield, Rush River, Eau Galle and Cady. Hwy. 63 in Baldwin was closed at Spring Street and County Road N due to washouts.

Various town roads were also closed due to road washouts and bridge closures. Residents are urged to use caution when driving roads in the affected areas.

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Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
(715) 426-1050
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