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For April 16
(for Southeast Minnesota, Northeast Iowa, and Western Wisconsin)
  • 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.
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