Alerts Coming To Your Cell
When bad weather hits your town, weather radios are a direct link to the best information coming straight from the National Weather Service. But only 5-10 percent of Americans have a weather radio. So the government is working on a new and more modern way to get people critical weather information. To your cell phones. Dan Baumgart is with the National Weather Service in La Crosse.
Starting sometime in June, emergency alerts will be sent directly from the National Weather Service to your cell phone for free. Baumgart says the NWS will only send the most critical alerts: tornado warnings, flash floods, blizzard warnings, and ice storm warnings.
Layoffs Coming To La Crosse District
6 teachers are being laid off in the La Crosse School District, effective this fall. Human Resources Director, Steve Salerno, says in talking with the teachers, they were well aware of the financial position the district is in.
Educators laid off include a teacher at Longfellow Middle School and the other 4 are from Logan High School.
Beyer's Fire And Semi Car Fire Update
Fire and rescue personnel are hard at it in West Salem and near Winona at this hour.
WIZM'S Brad Williams is at a fire in West Salem.
No injuries reported. Also....a semi sitting on top of a car is engulfed in flames near Winona.
As of 4 pm, one lane of Highway 61 southbound is closed from HWY 43 to Dakota and the detour is hwy 43 to 90 to 61. Both lanes of Highway 61 northbound are open.
Losey Boulevard Facelift Begins Next Week
This summer's big road project in the city of La Crosse will happen on Losey Boulevard...
Speaking on WIZM's La Crosse Talk, ity traffic engineer Matt Gallager said several blocks of Losey need surface repairs this summer. The first phase of the project will begin next week, and will last about six weeks. The work will extend from La Crosse Street south to Market Street. Gallager expects the repair job to last 10 to 15 years.
Clean up continues this morning following severe storms that hit the northern and central portions of Wisconsin yesterday afternoon and evening. Straight line winds with gusts up to 70 mph, hail, heavy rain and a tornado were reported. Several utilities are still reporting some scattered power outages this morning due to downed power lines but most power should be fully restored later today. In Eau Claire, the wastewater treatment plant continues to run on generator power but the lift stations are operational. Xcel Energy is reporting about 1500 customers are still without power but power should be fully restored this afternoon. In Taylor County, trees and power lines were down on Highway H just outside of Thorp and in Trempealeau County some trees went down in Arcadia but no reports of damage.