Mudslide Reeks Havoc in Midwestern States

Mudslide Reeks Havoc in Midwestern States



On Sept. 22, 2016, The Washington Post stated 10 inches of rain fell in several Mid-Western states on Thursday. The Mid-Western states were Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. The rains caused mudslides which caused one death.

Also, a railroad track in southwestern Wisconsin a train derailed, and a man was killed inside a house that was destroyed by a mudslide.

On Wednesday evening, the rain moved through a portion of the Mid-West. Although much of it began to drain or recede on Thursday the after effects of the storm could be seen throughout the region.

On Thursday morning the mudslide pushed a home onto Wisconsin State Highway 35 in Vernon County. Search and rescue crews also found a body in the afternoon. The victim’s name was not immediately released.

Two BNSF Railway locomotives and five cars derailed approximately 40 miles south in Crawford County. The crew was not injured. However, the railroad company stated the fuel tank ruptured and spilled 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the Mississippi River. Booms were also placed downstream by BNSF to capture the fuel.

Wisconsin emergency official said 15 people living near the fuel spill were evacuated as a safety precaution.

Written by John A. Federico
Edited by Cathy Milne


The Washington Post: Up to 10 inches of Midwest rain leaves 1 dead, soggy mess

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