Storms, Tornadoes Damage Bagley Campground, Down Trees

Photo by Josh Holthaus

Severe weather and tornadoes damaged property, downed trees and power lines, and  caused flash flooding as they rumbled through the area Wednesday night.

Just before six, a tornado was witnessed on the ground east of  Garnavillo heading in the direction of Glen Haven.

A few minutes later, a tornado was spotted on the ground at  Jellystone Campground, north of Bagley. Witnesses reported seeing a funnel cloud briefly form a tornado, for 20-30 seconds, before receding.

Several campers were destroyed, many more received damage, downed trees and power lines.

Bagley Fire Department Chief Fred White talked about the response to the tornado warning. (Audio below.)

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A barn was knocked down on County P, west of Patch Grove. A neighboring home suffered significant damage with tin ripped off the building and branches through the windows. The damage appears to be roughly in line with the path that the storm cell and funnel cloud at Jellystone was following.

A tree reported down on a house in Mount Hope. The Mount Hope Fire Department was dispatched for a lightning related tree-fire.

Another tornado warning was issued for northeastern Grant County for the Boscobel area just before 6:30, but no official tornado was sighted.

Prairie du Chien Mayor Dave Hemmer said the strongest winds blew threw the central part of town. (Audio below.)

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Strong winds knocked down trees, poles, and damaged property in Prairie du Chien. City Crews are working to clear debris. A reported gas leak on South Beaumont, but that was taken care of.

Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram talked about the gas leak. (Audio below.)

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A light standard crashed into the bleachers at Cecil Smith Field. A chunk of the McDonald’s sign was blown off. Power is out in several areas and will likely be out in some areas until Thursday morning.

Crawford County Emergency Management will be taking phone calls Thursday between 8 and 4 if you need help with clean-up or are in need of supplies.

No injuries have been reported.

Another stormy day is expected Thursday.

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