Sparta Wisconsin News – Sparta got hit hard by flooding on July 19, 2017. The heavy rain caused a flash flood around the La Crosse River that people around Sparta had not seen, well some say, ever. We aren’t going to say much we will let all the pics and video’s do the talking. We will say… there was some concern around the animals around the mobile home that got flooded at the end of Icon Road. Those animals were rescued just in time.