For April 16
(for Southeast Minnesota, Northeast Iowa, and Western Wisconsin)
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- In 2006, rainfall started on the evening of the 15th and continued into the evening of the 16th. Some rainfall totals from these two days:
In IA: Lansing (3.52”), New Hampton (2.93”), Mc Gregor (2.63”), Guttenburg ( 2.44”).
In MN: Caledonia (2.51”).
In WI: Victory (3.12”), Gays Mills (2.55”), Platteville (2.55”), Prairie Du Chien (2.49”).
- In 2001, water levels on the Mississippi River rose to near record levels due to acombination of snow melt runoff and heavy rains. In fact, only the all-time flood of record
in April 1965 produced higher water than that recorded in April 2001. At Lake City, MN
and Wabasha, MN, the river crested at 20.1 ft and 18.2 ft respectively, which was the
second highest crest on record. Numerous homes, businesses and roads near the river
were damaged by the high water, with total damage estimated around 5 million dollars.
As a result, Wabasha, Winona and Houston counties in southeast Minnesota were
declared eligible for state and federal disaster relief funds. Even though the river began
falling during the latter part of the April, water levels remained above flood stage until the
middle of May (also see April 17th).
- In 1973, Caledonia, MN (2.95", wettest day on record), Lanesboro, MN (2.80", wettest April day), and Hatfield, WI (2.05", wettest April day) rain.