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Dane County Emergency Management: Update on Water Levels

August 27, 2018
County Executive

Dane County Lakes staff has been working around the clock to do what they can to mitigate additional flooding before more rain is expected this week. Due to their efforts, Monona crested yesterday and levels should slowly go down today. Working through the weekend, county staff used 10 lake weed harvesters to remove over 270 loads of aquatic plants in the past several days. That’s doubled the flow of the water leaving the chain of lakes. More water is now leaving the Yahara Chain than what’s entering it, allowing for levels to stabilize.


As of today (due to the rain last night), Mendota is up ¾” , Monona is down ½”, Kegonsa is up 1.3”.


There are 5 sandbagging operations happening around the county one in Monona, and 4 in Madison.


The instability of the weather remains a concern and we are urging residents to be vigilant and keep informed of weather updates and street closures.

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