Mudslides a concern for already water-soaked areas of Southwest Wisconsin

Mudslides a concern for already water-soaked areas of Southwest Wisconsin

DARLINGTON, Wis. - The National Weather Service has issued a warning for mudslides and rock slides in areas of Southwest Wisconsin. 

In Lafayette County, emergency managers say the ground is already soaked, and more rain could lead to worse flooding than normal.

"A couple inches is going to be noticeable," said Lt. Theresa Burgess of the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office.  "We could have gotten by with an inch or two through a long period of time in the past, and I don’t think it will be as significant as it is in the current situation."

Burgess says she thinks most mudslides would happen north or west of Lafayette County, but says Darlington is a major flood concern for local leaders. After flooding along the Pecatonica River in March, portions of the river's banks have started to wash away. 

"It could be something  as simple as a river bank caving in," Burgess said. "You might not notice it at first, but it’s going to change how that river flows, especially when there’s high water levels."

Burgess said the southwest portion of the state is no stranger to mudslides, and this year might be more of the same.

"It’s the rolling hills and the runoff issues that we have," she said. "A lot of it is the small communities are river communities. They were built that way. That’s why they’re dealing with flooding year after year."

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