Rain drenches southern Fillmore County

From staff reports

Southern Fillmore County was swamped with a heavy rain early today that damaged some roads, flooded some farmfields and even overwhelmed Canton's new wastewater treatment plant.

The heaviest rains were in the area around Harmony and to the west into Bristol Township, according to the National Weather Service in La Crosse, Wis., with up to 6.5 inches reported near Bristol. Because of the heavy rain, the weather service issued a flash flood warning for the county until 9:15 a.m. today. Most of the land is in the watershed of the Upper Iowa River, meaning the water will drain south into Iowa.

The Fillmore County engineer's department reported some roads washed out south of Harmony. Crews were out this morning adding rock and grading damaged areas.

Lolly Melander, Canton city clerk, said too much water entered the town's sewage-treatment plant early today, but no untreated sewage is expected to be released. It'll just take time for all the water to go through the plant, she said.

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