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Village of La Valle prepares for more rain and flooding

LA VALLE (WKOW) — People in La Valle, along the Baraboo River, are being told to take immediate action if their homes have flooded in the past.

The La Valle Community is dealing with the second major flood in a little more than a week.

“Simply devastating,” said Julie Snyder of La Valle. “It’s about the only word I can come up with right now.”

Snyder just finished cleaning out her home that flooded last week. Things were dry inside and outside her home. Tuesday, she woke and saw more water on her lawn

“I was never expecting this to happen today by any means,” said Snyder.

Snyder doesn’t have any flood water in her home right now, but she did last week.

“Pretty scary and really nothing you can do except watch it I guess,” Snyder said.

Just a few blocks away on W. Main Street the fire station is surrounded by water.

“We have our trucks up on top of the hill up here at the church,” said Lt. Pat Bodendein with the La Valle Fire Department.

Firefighters at the station are talking with neighboring departments to help cover some areas of the village that would be too hard to get to because of the flooding.

Mike Mathis lives in La Valle, his home didn’t flood, but he’s been helping others clean up.

“We got it all pretty much cleaned up in a week and now we’re going to have to do it all over again,” Mathis said.

Mathis believes the with strong community support, La Valle can recover.

“Well it makes coming back from it a little easier,” Mathis said. “Because everybody was working hard to help out their neighbor.”

Even with water threatening Snyder’s home, she’s keeping positive.

“I’m hoping maybe we won’t get the rain like they say we’re going to tonight,” Snyder said. “Just praying for that and keeping our fingers crossed.”

Village president Cody Kowalke says the best way to communicate on a broad scale is through Facebook. Officials will be posting to the Village of La Valle and La Valle Fire Department Facebook pages.

If evacuation is necessary, a shelter will be set up at Reedsburg High School.

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