Vernon County

Land & Water Conservation Department

Flood Pictures
Before flood control structures were built in Vernon County, flooding was not uncommon. These historical photos show some of the major damage caused by flooding. The value of having well maintained, operating flood control structures (dams) is incalculable.
Spring Coulee - 1936
Many bridges, barns and other buildings were destroyed.
Chaseburg - 1954
A rainfall of just over 4 inches caused wide-spread destruction across most of Vernon County in 1954. This is downtown Chaseburg.
Coon Valley Hwy 14 - 1954
1954 Coon Valley -  U.S. Highway 14 in Coon Valley was closed and the bridge nearly washed out.
Coon Valley - 1954
1954 Coon Valley Railroad. Many ‘short’ lines ran up and down the valleys of Vernon County transporting goods from railheads in Westby and Viroqua.
Avalanche - 1954
1954 West Fork of the Kickapoo River. Flood waters covered the entire valley floor. Every home in Avalanche had water in the first floor level.
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