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Heavy rain creates minor flooding in Appleton areaSubmitted: 05/12/2014
Story By Associated Press

FOX VALLEY - Ditches and other low areas in the Fox River Valley are flooding after heavy rainfall.

Post-Crescent Media (http://post.cr/QBC1pO ) reports Monday's rain in Appleton broke a record for the day set in 1942. The city received 1.9 inches of rain by 7 a.m., breaking the previous record of 1.76 inches.

More rain is possible through Tuesday morning.


The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch that stretches from southwestern Wisconsin northeast through the Appleton and Green Bay areas.

Christina Muller is the interim emergency management director for Outagamie County. She says that while the Fox and Wolf rivers are near flood stage, they aren't at levels that would damage homes or businesses.

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