Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.. Years earlier, the center to the town had been moved. From to , the state had 25 nationally declared flood disasters in 38 years. The flood of record in inflicted the worst damage in the state just 10 miles downstream in Gays Mills.
A farm in rural Viola, Wisconsin, during the flood of Photo by Tamara Dean. I felt at any moment my roof was going to blow off. Sparked by the epic inch rainfall in late August, the Kickapoo River set flood-stage records up and down its valley in Southwest Wisconsin. Both watersheds have endured seven devastating floods since , and as residents search for answers, their recorded local knowledge of the events is a key source of both information and inspiration.
Years After Move To Higher Ground, Gays Mills Floods Again
The flash flood of in Gays Mills forever changed the landscape of the town and the people who live there. Up to eight feet of water swallowed part of the downtown area, when the Kickapoo River overflowed its banks after heavy rain overnight on August 18, The area received more than 12 inches of water overnight, giving residents little time to prepare and get to safer ground.
People in the Crawford County village of Gays Mills are cleaning up as flood waters are starting to recede. The Kickapoo River reached a recording breaking 22 feet back on Wednesday, August The community center has been the main hub for flood cleanup efforts.