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County Executive's Office

12 PM Monday Update – Dane County Flooding

August 27, 2018
Stephanie Miller 920-470-4618
County Executive




A flash flood watch is now in effect for Dane County.


Lake Water Level’s Update

Dane County Lakes staff has been working around the clock to do everything 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.


United Way 2-1-1 – DAMAGE REPORTING

  • As of today, the United Way’s 2-1-1 reported receiving more than 1314 individual reports of private property damage from Dane County. Please be sure to report damage as soon as possible.


  • Other agencies are collecting damage assessments, but 2-1-1 reporting is essential. – REPORTING IS AVAILABLE BY PHONE OR ONLINE


  • Many communities have limited reports on file.These are essential for additional assistance.


Red Cross Shelters

  • Madison West High School (STILL OPEN)


Reopened Roads

  • Hwy 14 (Middleton to Cross Plains) – NOW OPEN


Remaining Road Closures & Detours

  • Hwy W (CTH B to East Church Street)

  • Hwy 14 bridge west of Black Earth approaches washed out

  • CTH J (Old Military Rd to CTH S)

  • CTH G (CTH J to Marsh Lane)

  • A Detour has been set up in Sauk County detouring traffic from Hwy 14 to Hwy 60 to Hwy 12.

  • A Detour has been set up in Iowa County detouring traffic from Hwy 14 to Hwy 60 to Hwy 12.


Lake Access / Slow – No Wake

  • Due to increasing lake levels and substantial amounts of floating debris, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office is requesting boaters to avoid Dane County lakes.A strict slow – no wake restriction is in effect.

  • Treat all floodwaters as contaminated. Stay out of flood and sewage waters.

    o   Wait until water subsides because there are harmful bacteria and viruses in the water.

    ·        After water and debris has subsided, proper clean-up is important.

    o   Wear rubber gloves and boots and wear eye protection to prevent contaminating yourself with sewage.

    o   Wash hands thoroughly and wash clothes separately after finishing clean-up of sewage.

    ·        For resources and more information, visit


Want to Volunteer?

  • We are requesting that volunteers not self-dispatch to locations. Sign-up to volunteer at


Want to Donate?

  • Do not bring unsolicited items to municipalities. Consider a donation to the Red Cross, so that resources can be appropriately distributed where needed.



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