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.
MEDIA RELEASE Lake Levels Increasing – Flooding Anticipated
Contact: Josh Wescott
Ref #: August 22, 2018
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 email@example.com.
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.
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