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Storms pass without adding to damage in county, video of flooding on You Tube

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Storm activity early Friday morning did not add significantly to damage cause by heavy rains and flooding in Pierce County.

All major roads with the exception of a portion of Highway 35 from County Road OO to County Road E were open as of this morning, and there were no reports of any additional significant flooding in the county. Some county roads still remain closed.

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The main rivers and creeks that flooded Tuesday, Trimbelle Creek, the Rush River and the Eau Galle River, receded back into their banks over the past two days. Pierce County Sheriff's crews worked from 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday dealing with the flooding. Damage estimates may well be over one million and are still being tallied.

More rain and possible thunderstorms were forecasted for Friday afternoon. The National Weather Service has issued thunderstorm and flash flood warnings across the Twin Cities area and into southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Watches in Minnesota are posted from Bemidji and the Twin Ports down to the Iowa border

In Wisconsin, Durand is under a Flash Flood Warning as the Chippewa River is rising with a possible crest of 16 feet by early next week. Flood stage is at 13 feet and historically the highest crest of 15 feet was set back in 1938. Flash flood and severe thunderstorm watches cover all of western Wisconsin until Saturday morning.

But the weekend forecast is calling for sunshine and a quiet weather pattern.

The severe weather this past week has been part of a series of storms this summer that has brought both heavy rain, flooding and damage to buildings and crops all across the county.

Nate Place of Beldenville put together video footage of the flooding in the El Paso area that was posted on You Tube and was submitted to the Herald. The link is provided below.

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Sean Scallon
Sean Scallon has been a reporter and Sports Editor at the Pierce County Herald newspaper in Ellsworth since 1998. He holds a bachelors degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He's also worked at newspapers in Glenwood City, Wisconsin; Marion, Illinois and Shawano, Wisconsin. Sean also works as a sports reporter for other newspapers and websites in RiverTown Multimedia from River Falls to Hudson to New Richmond and Red Wing.
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