Extended winter now responsible for death after car crash
NEW RICHMOND - Wisconsin's extended winter has been blamed for at least one death. 61-year-old Yeng Yang of Saint Paul was killed yesterday on an icy county road in far western Wisconsin.
Saint Croix County authorities said Yang's car slid sideways on a curve, veered into the oncoming lane, and collided with a car driven by a 31-year-old woman from Woodbury. Yang died at the scene. The other driver and a Saint Paul man in her car were both taken to Regions Hospital in Saint Paul. Their conditions were not immediately known. The crash happened around six yesterday morning on Saint Croix County Trunk "A" in the town of Richmond, soon after the region had snow and freezing rain.
La Crosse ended a string of five straight days with snow yesterday. It was the second longest April stretch on record, dating back to 1893. The final remnants from the latest storm left Wisconsin last night. A dry day is expected today, with highs in the 40's-and-50's under partly cloudy skies.
The state DNR has made adjustments on a dam, to reduce high water levels on a Kenosha County lake. Officials said yesterday that a board was removed from an inlet to the dam at Vern Wolf Lake, and it was successful in dropping waters that rose due to heavy rains. The DNR said a levee was in danger of failing along Vern Wolf Lake at the Richard Bong Recreation Area - and that threat should be eased with the draw-down. As a precaution, Kenosha County authorities closed part of Highway 75 in the area - and it continues to be shut down. Several trails in the Bong Recreation Area have also been closed for now.
There are fewer flood warnings in Wisconsin this afternoon than last Friday. The National Weather Service said parts of six rivers have warnings, down from 14 late last week. The Baraboo, Pecatonica, and Trempealeau rivers still have flood warnings - even though they're not over their banks today. Rock River is around one-and-a-half to two-feet above the flood stages at five locations in Jefferson and Rock counties - and major floods are occurring on the Rock at Newville. Minor-to-moderate flooding is expected at the other locations. That includes the Fox River at Berlin and Kenosha County, and the Crawfish River at Milford in Jefferson County. All the affected rivers are expected to crest between tomorrow and Thursday. New precipitation and melting snow are blamed for the floods. After much of the state got snow-and-freezing rain yesterday, temperatures were in the 40's and 50's early this afternoon in all but far northwest Wisconsin. Superior, Siren, Rice Lake, and New Richmond were the state's cold spots with 34 degrees. Middleton was the warmest at 60.