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Flooding fears expressed by some lawmakers over a new wetlands law in Wisconsin. Onalaska state rep Steve Doyle is among the crowd of legislators who voted against new rules that will make it easier for developers to fill in wetlands to build on. Doyle says he's got lots of problems with the law's provisions
Governor Walker signed the new wetland regulations into law yesterday.
At the end of November, one weather service forecaster in La Crosse predicted that a string of very snowy winters would continue for this season.
Turns out, Jeff Boyne's prediction was wrong. Boyne says at this point, our 21 inches of snow for the season makes this one of the 10 least snowy winters ever for La Crosse. It's the driest winter in 12 years. A jet stream in Canada and thunderstorms to the south of us have helped maintain mild weather throughout the season, according to Jeff. And he jokes that if he had looked at the climate trend more closely in November, he might have seen the dry season coming.
Boyne says the deepest that the snow ever got this winter was seven inches in late January...coincidentally, around the time of La Crosse's Winter Rec Fest.
Cooking a pizza snack on the stove is what apparently started a fire that gutted a three-apartment house in La Crosse on Thursday.
While nobody was hurt in the afternoon fire, structural damage could make it impractical to fix the house. Owner Rick Hamilton got an assessment of damage from the assistant fire chief, hearing about severe damage to the walls and roof. One of the three units had been vacated recently. The current tenants were accounted for soon after the fire was reported.
La Crosse fire fighters have been battling a 2 story apartment building fire for the past hour. The fire, at 920 Fifth Avenue south, started shortly after 2. Firefighters have been in defensive mode for quite some time and at one point, were all ordered out of the building. No injuries have been reported. We'll have more as the afternoon progresses.