Streets flood, trees downed after afternoon storm

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — An afternoon thunderstorm downed trees and flooded roads in La Crosse.

On La Crosse’s south side, Mormon Coulee Road was flooded.

Our News 8 Now photographers saw people get out of their own cars and try to direct traffic around flooded areas.

On Cass Street, a car was stalled in the water.

Nearby, people could be seen trying to clear storm drains to help the water recede.

Further south in La Crosse on Losey Boulevard, large branches off of two trees fell on a family’s house.

The homeowner, Heather Morales, says she’s been asking the City of La Crosse to take the trees down for years because of the damage they’ve done during previous storms.

Now, she has branches in her living room.

“I’m very frustrated,” said Morales. “I’m a single mom, and if the city would’ve listened to me as a taxpayer, this wouldn’t have happened … it’s been five years.”

She says her family is safe and not injured, but her dog is shaken from the incident.

Xcel is reporting several outages on their outage map, affecting thousands in the La Crosse area.

According to the Director of La Crosse Parks, Recreation & Forestry Jay Odegaard, city crews will be removing trees and debris from homes and cars first, and then removing debris from roadways.

If you need to reach the city to request service, call (608) 789-2489, or call the Parks Department at (608) 789-7533 and leave a voicemail.

The city is asking residents to wait to call with non-urgent requests while crews work on major clean-up projects.

 

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