Flooding concerns may lead to road washouts in the Chippewa Valley

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Heavy rain from Tuesday’s storms led to flooding concerns across the Chippewa Valley.

Rainfall amounts exceeded 2.5” in southern Eau Claire by Tuesday evening, with higher amounts across the Chippewa Valley. This rain is threatening the washout of some roads.

The Eau Claire County Highway Department said there are some areas to keep an eye on.

The list includes:

  • The intersection of County Road QQ and L south of Seymour.
  • The intersection of County Road G and D in Wilson.
  • Down County Road H near Horse Creek and Rock Dam Roads.
  • Along County Road D just north of Allen.
  • A section of Highway 53 north of County Road V.

Crews will be working around the clock to put up signage and blockades, as well as setting detours for road closures. Officials also stress the importance of not driving through flooded roads, because you may not be able to see the damage from flood waters, especially in the dark.

“A lot of times the water can be there for 24 hours, especially for a very heavy event. Maybe even 30 hours, and then it will start to recede and that’s when we can start to see what’s really there. Because sometimes the water is there and a lot of people think, oh the road’s still there, but it could be gone,” said Jon Johnson, Highway Commissioner, Eau Claire County Highway Department.

Johnson said you can report any flooding or damage by simply dialing 911.

Justin Esterly

Justin Esterly

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