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Event Details

Event Flash Flood
-- Flood Cause Heavy Rain
State WISCONSIN
County/Area COLUMBIA
WFO MKX
Begin Date 06/08/2008 12:00:00 CST-6
Begin Range 5
Begin Azimuth SW
Begin Location OKEE
Begin Lat/Lon 43.3/-89.65
End Date 06/08/2008 21:00:00 CST-6
End Range 0
End Azimuth SW
End Location PORTAGE
End Lat/Lon 43.55/-89.45
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 15.66M
Crop Damage 40.00M
Episode Narrative A slow-moving surface boundary, nearly parallel with the mid-level flow affected southern Wisconsin during the period of June 7th through June 9th. A strengthening low-level jet and strong moisture advection produced several rounds of thunderstorms during the period in the vicinity of this boundary. The atmosphere was very moist with precipitable water values around 2 inches. Low to mid-level wind flow supported training of flood-producing thunderstorms. A weak cool front pushed through southern Wisconsin late on the 8th/early on the 9th, finally ending the heavy rainfall.

The heavy rain axis for June 7-9th ran from Sauk County southeast to Milwaukee County, where generally 6 to 9 inches fell on a ground that was totally saturated due to record-setting winter snowfalls and a wet April, 2008. Several locations topped 10 inches, and Watertown (Jefferson Co.) came in with 13.5 inches, 11.35 inches was measured in Oak Creek (Milwaukee Co.), and Elm Grove in Waukesha County picked up 10.8 inches.
Event Narrative Heavy rains resulted in a flash flood event that washed out some raods and gravel shoulders in the western part of the county. This event was one of 3 flash flood events over parts of Columbia County on 3 separate days. Two started on June 7th, and one on June 8th. In all 3 flash flood events, home and business damage was reported, and there was crop damage. Some farm fields remained flooded into early July. It was nearly impossible to break down the damages by flash flood. Therefore, the collective damage breakdown for these events is provided in this June 8th flash flood StormData entry for Columbia County.

The breakdown for residential home losses were: over 1500 minimally affected, 45 with minor damage, 26 with major damage, and 5 destroyed (total of $10 million for home losses). Total business losses were about $2 million. Crop losses were estimated at about $40 million. Public sector damage was about $3.66 million. There were several roads and bridges that sustained damage.


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 276.817M 129.246M
REESEVILLE DODGE CO. WI 06/08/2008 08:15 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 1.900M 8.000M
BROWNTOWN GREEN CO. WI 06/08/2008 08:15 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RIPON FOND DU LAC CO. WI 06/08/2008 08:30 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 4.640M 9.000M
ORFORDVILLE ROCK CO. WI 06/08/2008 08:30 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 65 kts. EG 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
LAKE MILLS JEFFERSON CO. WI 06/08/2008 08:56 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
RICHMOND WALWORTH CO. WI 06/08/2008 09:00 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WAYNE WASHINGTON CO. WI 06/08/2008 09:15 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 5.130M 3.500M
DOUSMAN WAUKESHA CO. WI 06/08/2008 09:15 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NORTH PRAIRIE WAUKESHA CO. WI 06/08/2008 09:30 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 62.990M 1.000M
LAKE MILLS JEFFERSON CO. WI 06/08/2008 09:30 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 102.220M 35.000M
PLYMOUTH SHEBOYGAN CO. WI 06/08/2008 09:45 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 150.00K 200.00K
SILVER LAKE KENOSHA CO. WI 06/08/2008 09:50 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
TWIN LAKES KENOSHA CO. WI 06/08/2008 10:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 1.970M 2.000M
WHITEWATER WALWORTH CO. WI 06/08/2008 10:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 150.00K 1.000M
GREENFIELD MILWAUKEE CO. WI 06/08/2008 10:17 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 56 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BROWN DEER MILWAUKEE CO. WI 06/08/2008 10:30 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 77.970M 15.50K
DOWNTOWN RACINE RACINE CO. WI 06/08/2008 10:50 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SOMERS KENOSHA CO. WI 06/08/2008 10:55 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LA VALLE SAUK CO. WI 06/08/2008 11:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 10.00K
OKEE COLUMBIA CO. WI 06/08/2008 12:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 15.660M 40.000M
ALBION DANE CO. WI 06/08/2008 12:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 10.00K
BROWNTOWN GREEN CO. WI 06/08/2008 12:30 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 1.320M 20.000M
CAMPBELLSPORT FOND DU LAC CO. WI 06/08/2008 17:35 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FT ATKINSON JEFFERSON CO. WI 06/08/2008 17:55 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ALDERLEY DODGE CO. WI 06/08/2008 18:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 462.00K 8.000M
MIDDLETON DANE CO. WI 06/08/2008 18:30 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 10.00K
ARGYLE LAFAYETTE CO. WI 06/08/2008 18:35 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRATIOT LAFAYETTE CO. WI 06/08/2008 18:45 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BLANCHARDVILLE IOWA CO. WI 06/08/2008 18:45 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MONROE GREEN CO. WI 06/08/2008 19:00 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
VERONA DANE CO. WI 06/08/2008 19:10 CST-6 Lightning 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
COTTAGE GROVE DANE CO. WI 06/08/2008 19:25 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BELOIT ROCK CO. WI 06/08/2008 19:35 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 20.00K 0.00K
SHARON WALWORTH CO. WI 06/08/2008 19:55 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WATERFORD RACINE CO. WI 06/08/2008 20:15 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 2.150M 1.500M
Totals: 0 0 276.817M 129.246M