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    Posted June 23, 2013 by
    Chaseburg, Wisconsin
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    Midwest Storms Cause Flooding, Mudslides, Damage


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     mediaman visited the small town of Chaseburg, Wisconsin, yesterday, where roads are impassable because of heavy rain and severe flooding of Coon Creek. He traveled a 50-mile arc to survey all the damage. 'As I wadded near the water I was surprised at its force,' he said. 'Flash floods remind you how fast they can occur, and how people's homes and property can be swept away in minutes. Nature is a powerful force.'
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    A continual round of powerful thunderstorms rumbled through Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa causing flash floods as overflowing rivers and streams filled due to torrential downpours of 2-4 inches of rain. In Vernon County lower elevations in Chaseburg, Wisconsin were flooded by heavy rainfall as it rushed down surrounding bluffs, quickly filling area streams and rivers. A state of emergency was declared in Crawford County by Roger Martin from the County’s Emergency Management Office, due to heavy flooding of the Kickapoo River.


    Throughout the area large debris fields of trees and rocks could be seen carved out by flash floods. Mudslides could be seen in rural areas. Large trees were toppled over by the heavy rain and high winds. To the west, Minnesota Highway 43 near Mabel and Highway 76 between Houston and Caledonia were closed.

    The National Weather Service announced more flash flood watches for late on June 23rd as more thunderstorms were expected with 2 inch downpours possible, causing even further flooding. When taking photos near flooded areas, be extremely careful of fast currents, debris, and unexpected washed out areas under rushing water.

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