Flood 2018 Archive

Middleton experienced historic flooding August 20th, which resulted in significant damage to major roadways, businesses, private homes and Public Lands. Please follow these updates as we continue to keep our citizens informed. Stay Safe!


November 15, 2018 11:35 AM

(608) 250-6025
Nov. 6, 2018    State Bar of Wisconsin


Madison, WI -- A toll-free legal hotline is available to victims of Wisconsin’s recently declared federal disaster area in Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Marquette, Monroe, Richland, Sauk and Vernon counties. Individuals who were impacted by the devastating floods and storms in August and September may call the hotline at 877-947-5291 if they are facing legal issues and are unable to afford a lawyer. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Questions may also be submitted online at wi.freelegalanswers.org.

The type of legal assistance available may include:

•    Assistance with securing Federal Emergency Management Agency and other government benefits available to disaster survivors;
•    Help with life, medical and property insurance claims;
•    Assistance with home repair contracts and contractors;
•    Replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster;
•    Help with consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures;
•    Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems;
•    Counseling on landlord-tenant problems.

The service allows callers to receive limited legal assistance from a volunteer lawyer, and is a partnership between the State Bar of Wisconsin, the State Bar’s Young Lawyers Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Wisconsin Emergency Management and others.

On Oct. 18, 2018, Governor Scott Walker announced that a federal disaster declaration had been approved by President Donald J. Trump. Under the declaration, individuals, families and businesses in Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk and Vernon counties are now eligible to apply for federal disaster assistance. On Nov. 1, 2018, FEMA announced assistance had been extended to Marquette County.

Residents and businesses in federally declared counties can register with FEMA at DisasterAssistance.gov or 800-621-3362. The last day to register for FEMA assistance is Dec. 17, 2018.

Prior Updates

October 29, 2018 9:09 AM

Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Dane County
Madison, Wis. – A Disaster Recovery Center will open Monday, October 29 in Dane County to help renters, homeowners and businesses in Wisconsin affected by the severe storms and flooding of August 17 through September 14, 2018.
Location: 2413 Parmenter Street, Middleton, WI 53562
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday
At the Disaster Recovery Center, representatives from FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration, Wisconsin Emergency Management and other State of Wisconsin agencies are available to explain disaster assistance programs, answer questions about written correspondence and provide literature about repairs and rebuilding to make homes more flood resistant.
Before visiting a recovery center, survivors should register for federal assistance one of the following ways:
 Online at DisasterAssistance.gov;
 Using the FEMA App; or
 Call 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.
Anyone requiring a reasonable accommodation (ASL interpreting, Braille, Large print, etc.) may call
800-621-3362 to request assistance in advance or ask the recovery staff at the center for assistance.
Eight Wisconsin counties have been approved for individual assistance including Crawford,
Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk and Vernon counties. Additional
recovery centers will be opening to support survivors in many of these counties.
The last day to register for FEMA assistance is December 17, 2018.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability,
English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA
toll-free at 800-621-3362 or TTY at 800-462-7585.
If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use TTY call 800-462-7585 to register. For those
who use 711 or Video Relay Service, you may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and
equipped with equipment to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication access. If
you require a reasonable accommodations (ASL interpreting, Braille, Large print, etc.) while visiting a Disaster
Recovery Center, call 1-800-621-3362 (V/711/VRS) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).
FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during and after a disaster.

October 25, 2018 12:13 PM

FEMA Teams Deploy to Assist with Registration
The FEMA Disaster Service Assistance Teams (DSA) will begin going door to door in flood/storm affected Dane County communities beginning 10/23/2018. The sole mission is to assist residents register with FEMA for disaster assistance. They will be begin in the Village of Mazomanie and move to other affected areas of Dane County. They will not get to every homeowner. Their purpose is to encourage homeowners to register with FEMA one of three ways:
Three ways to apply for FEMA funding:
1. Call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA)
2. Register online and click on “Enter your city and State or Zip Code to see if your area has been declared” and then chose apply ONLINE
3. When opened visit the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center. This location will be heavily advertised once it is established. The Disaster Recovery will be a location
where people can interact face to face with FEMA and other available resources.
Monitor media and the County website for more information.

October 23, 2018 2:05 PM

The U.S. Small Business Administration opened a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Dane County, on Oct. 22 to help businesses in Wisconsin affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding and landslides from Aug. 17 through Sept. 14, 2018 for more information please see the information below.

SBA Business Recovery InformationSeptember 19, 2018 3:00 PM

Added PDF file of Flood Presentation presented at 09/18/2018 Common Council Meeting.

Flood PresentationSeptember 7, 2018 3:49 PM

Volunteer Opportunity Information - A volunteer event is being held on Sunday, September 9th in the Pheasant Branch Creek Corridor. Volunteers will focus on garbage and debris clean-up.

Additional Information and WaiverSeptember 7, 2018 3:44 PM

Informational Update - PDF version of the presentation provided regarding the flooding in Middleton at this past Tuesday's Common Council Meeting.

2018 Flood PresentationSeptember 7, 2018 3:37 PM

Informational Update - Video footage provided by the Middleton Fire Department of the flooding that occurred throughout the City on August 20th.

Video Playlist of FloodingSeptember 7, 2018 3:34 PM

Informational Update - for our citizens, an interactive map showing areas that received flooding with pictures.

Middleton 2018 Flood Damage MapAugust 28, 2018 4:42 PM

Informational Form from our Building Inspection Staff for Evaluating Water Damaged Electrical Equipment

Evaluation FormAugust 28, 2018 4:40 PM

Flood Damage Control Procedures Information

Flood Damage Control ProceduresAugust 28, 2018 4:39 PM

Flood FAQ document for those of you with questions about the flooding in Middleton

Flood FAQAugust 24, 2018 8:44 AM

Dane County Department of Emergency Management has established a public website for providing information regarding flood updates throughout the county. Please use this resource and stay safe!

Dane County Flood WebsiteAugust 23, 2018 3:11 PM

Volunteer Opportunity!

As the City continues what will be a long process of clean-up after the storm, we are asking for residents to help. Please check storm sewer inlets in road gutters and clear out sticks and leaves off the grates where possible. This is especially important in low spots along roads and with the weather forecast predicting more rain.

We are also asking for help with sandbagging around ponds and other public waterways. Deputy City Clerk Michelle Marx is coordinating volunteers. If you're interested, please email her at mmarx@cityofmiddleton.us
We know that many residents are anxious to help clean up in the Pheasant Branch Conservancy, but we are asking that you please continue to stay out of the conservancy areas until the City determines that it is safe to enter.

Thanks to everyone for the outpouring of support we have received already in the last few days!

August 23, 2018 2:22 PM

From our Public Works Department:
County crews are repairing the eastbound USH 14 washout near Mounds, with the intention of paving it tonight or tomorrow. They expect that to be open before the weekend.

City staff swept Deming Way between John Q. Hammons and USH 14, and opened it about 9:00 this morning (8/23).

Madison’s portion of Gammon Rd. at the creek crossing (east of Gialamas Way) washed out, and Madison is working to repair it today.

The only City roads remaining closed are:
1. Gammon Rd. – flooded near Tiedeman Pond (closed between Stonefield Rd. and University Ave. for construction anyway)
2. Sweeney Dr. – full length
3. Voss Pkwy. – full length

August 22, 2018 1:11 PM

1) Below is relatively good news concerning the Tenney Locks being opened. The Tenney locks regulate how much water is released from Lake Mendota to Lake Monona and other waterways south of Madison. This measure will help Middleton with the flow of water through the Conservancy and Lakeview Park to Lake Mendota. It will not necessarily prevent flooding though.
2) MEDIA RELEASE    Lake Levels Increasing – Flooding Anticipated
Contact:    Josh Wescott 608-266-9069 wescott@countyofdane.com
Date:August 22, 2018
Ref #:Lake Flooding    

Yahara Lakes Rising, Flooding Anticipated Over Next Several Days

As a result of this week’s record-breaking rains, levels on the Yahara Lakes have been steadily increasing over the past 24 hours.

These levels are expected to increase downstream of Lake Mendota, potentially rising another 3-6 inches over the next 24 hours in places along Lakes Monona and Waubesa and eventually Kegonsa.

Dane County Emergency Management is coordinating flood preparedness efforts for communities expected to be impacted by these rising lake levels. Hundreds of sandbags and the county’s sandbagging machine are being moved to help property owners. A number of properties in the City of Monona and Town of Dunn may experience flooding in the coming days.

Those with properties along the lakes are encouraged to prepare now for potential flooding.

Dane County has deployed 10 lake weed cutters into the Yahara River downstream to ensure floodwaters can move through the system of lakes as quickly as possible.

Dane County is under a state of emergency as a result of this week’s flooding rains and subsequent devastation.

3) Sandbagging near water fronts is a better preventive measure, and we have sand in several locations now: Tiedeman Pond, Middleton Beach Road and Dewey Court.

4) Interested in Volunteering to Help Good Neighbors in Middleton? Michelle Marx, Deputy City Clerk, is coordinating volunteers. Please contact her at mmarx@ci.middleton.wi.us.

5) For those wanting to catch up on road closures, the only source I can find is Dane County Emergency Management (DCEM), and they are keeping these notices on their Facebook page. In case you don’t have Facebook access, I’ve copied this morning’s update, but it’s inaccurate on Greenway Boulevard which is now fully open at the beltline. Other current local closures in Middleton are Deming Way at John Q. Hammons; Park St./Gammon from Hubbard Avenue to Woodgate Road; Voss Parkway at Middleton Street. Here’s what DCEM has as of 8:30 a.m. today:

Federal, state, and county road closures as of 8:30a WE 8/22.
The following roads remain closed as of 8:30am:
CTH JG a .1 mile north of Overland Rd is down to one lane
Highway M in Town of Westport – between Fox Bluff and Signature NOW OPEN
Hwy 14 bridge west of Black Earth approaches washed out
Hwy 14 (Beltline to Mazomanie)
CTH KP (Cross Plains to Mazomanie) NOW OPEN
Hwy F (Hwy 19-Hwy 14)NOW OPEN
Beltline Ramps closed at Greenway
Beltline Ramps closed at Hwy 14
***Hwy 69 (Hwy 151 to CTH PB) STILL CLOSED Hwy 69 (CTH PB to CTH A) NOW OPEN
Hwy 78 (CTH A to Green County Line)NOW OPEN
Hwy 78 (Hwy 14 to Hwy 19) NOW OPEN
CTH H (CTH A to Hwy 78) NOW OPEN
CTH Z (Hwy 78 to CTH E) NOW OPEN
CTH J (Old Military Rd to CTH S)
CTH G (CTH J to Marsh Lane)
CTH PD (Shady Oaks to CTH J) NOW OPEN
CTH Y (Mazomanie Village Limits)
High Water only Road is OPEN:
Hwy 19 (Hwy 12 to Hwy 78)
CTH F (CTH FF to Pleasant Valley Rd)
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.

August 21, 2018 4:32 PM

Sewer Lift Station Flooding

Flooded Lift Station. The Middleton Sewer Utility experienced a flooded Sanitary Sewer Lift Station in the Nursery Dr. area of the Airport Road Business Park today. Crews are in the process of getting the pumps back in service. The area around Nursery Dr., Deming Way, Forsythia St. and Confluence Pond have been directly impacted by this outage. Please treat all floodwaters as contaminated. Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock. Avoid wading in floodwater, which can contain dangerous debris and be contaminated. Report missing manhole covers, water flowing across roads or entering your home through sanitary connections. Please contact us with this information. Thank you for your cooperation.

August 21, 2018 1:36 PM

Sanitary sewer overflows reported in wake of overnight storm.

MADISON, WIS. – Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District crews are responding to numerous reports of sanitary sewer overflows Tuesday in the wake of Monday evening’s storm.

Although the district’s regional wastewater collection system operates separately from municipal storm water sewers, heavy rains infiltrate the wastewater system through multiple ways including basement floor drains.

In many areas, flooding and basement backups are resulting from excess stormwater. Sanitary backups are currently being reported in areas of Fitchburg, on Madison’s far West Side near the Madison Marriott West and in the Spring Harbor neighborhood.

Residents experiencing flooding including basements backups should:
*Treat all floodwaters as contaminated.
*Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock.
*Avoid wading in floodwater, which can contain dangerous debris and be contaminated.
*Report missing manhole covers, water flowing across roads or entering your home through sanitary connections. Contact your local municipality or sanitary district with this information. A list can be found at http://www.madsewer.org/floodassistance

Through Tuesday morning, the district’s Nine Springs Wastewater Treatment plant recorded peak flow at a rate of 155 million gallons per day, compared with an average daily flow of 42 million gallons. More than two dozen district crew members remain out monitoring the more than 141 miles of district-owned pipe.

Through the night, the district’s 18 major pumping stations performed as intended to handle extreme weather, however, as water continued to enter the system Tuesday, the volume in some areas of the system exceeded capacity. Due to continued high waters and volume in various areas of the collection system, residents are encouraged to take steps to reduce water use for the day until system flows return to closer to normal.

“Our crews continue to assess the situation and we will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available,” said Michael Mucha, the district’s chief engineer and director. “We appreciate the partnership with our customer communities in addressing the challenges associated with the flooding.”

District staff members have notified the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Public Health Madison and Dane County. For more information about Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District’s regional collection system and the Nine Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant, visit www.madsewer.org.

MadSewer.org WebsiteAugust 21, 2018 10:23 AM

The Middleton Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the City of Middleton to gather private business damage assessment forms for the purposes of an emergency management declaration to the state and federal governments. Please provide your information in the attached form and return it to chamber@middletonchamber.com as soon as possible. We anticipate needing this information by noon Wednesday, but we’ll update you as further information becomes available.

Thanks for your work to provide this information, and we wish everyone well as we battle through this catastrophe.

Mike Davis, City Administrator

Assessment FormAugust 21, 2018 10:09 AM

Middleton emergency personnel are now focusing on rescues for people who have been in buildings overnight, including Costco and the Fairfield Inn where the first level of the hotel is inundated with water.

City staff are gathering information for estimated public damages for Dane County Emergency Management by 2 p.m. today.

August 21, 2018 10:09 AM

Here is a list of roads that are currently affected:

University Pleasant View Rd to Hwy 12

Pleasant View Rd North From University to Airport Rd

Airport Rd Nursery to Pleasant View Rd

Nursery Rd South from Airport to ?

Discovery West of Roundabout

Deming At Murphy

Laura At Lisa

Greenway westbound to Deming

John Q Hammons at Deming

Voss Pkwy Sweeney

Please stay safe, Middleton.