UPDATE: Pair of funnel clouds spotted in West Baraboo, flooding causes closure of numerous roads in northwestern Sauk County
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is reporting that Highway 33 near La Valle is closed due to flooding following Monday’s heavy rains in a storm that also generated tornado warnings in the region.
Throughout the morning of Aug. 28, alerts were issued by Wisconsin Traffic traffic operations center that eastbound and westbound lanes of Wisconsin 33 have closed due flooding.
The most recent alert was issued at 9:18 a.m. that Wisconsin 33 is closed in both directors between Wisconsin 58 between La Valle and Wonewoc. Sauk County Emergency Management Director Jeff Jelinek said the route has washed out due to the flooding. He said the Sauk County Highway Department is prepared to lay gravel along the highway once the flood waters recede to reopen the roads as a temporary repair.
He said County Highway F, near Wisconsin Dells, has been shut down due to a bridge and that washed out and County Highway H is closed due to a damaged culvert. He said numerous trees were reported as down, but no other damage has been reported.
Additional alerts were issued at along Highway 33 in Sauk County at Springer Road, north of La Valle, and north of Twin Pine Road earlier in the day. Additional road closings have been issued for Juneau County on Wisconsin 58 both northbound and southbound from Mauston to La Valle due to water over the roadway. Additional road closures have been reported in Vernon and Ozaukee County due to flooding.
Jelinek said people in the areas that received the heaviest rain should avoid driving if possible due to hazardous road conditions. If travel is necessary, drivers should find an additional route via the state traffic operations center at 511wi.gov. He said additional alerts will be issued on the county’s Nixle Information System.
A tornado warning was issued Aug. 27 in Sauk County. Jelinek said two funnel clouds were spotted in West Baraboo by law enforcement and there was radar indication of rotation.
“There’s been no tornado damage that we’ve been made aware of,” he said.