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Floods in Wisconsin

Dateline: Chippewa Falls, Sept. 9, 1884. This week's flooding in our state is a reminder of high water in the past. In 1898 the Kickapoo River knocked this locomotive off its tracks near Soldiers Grove in Crawford County. On the night of Sept. 9, 1884, a massive thunderstorm and downpour wiped out bridges and swept away houses in Chippewa Falls. That day 14 inches of rain fell in the northern part of the state within 24 hours, sending 400 million feet of cut logs down Wisconsin streams into the Mississippi. For more pictures and stories of flooding in Wisconsin, consult our collections of Wisconsin Historical Images and Local History & Biography Articles.
:: Posted in Curiosities on June 17, 2004
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