Monona declares state of emergency as lake waters rise

Monona Mayor Mary O’Connor has declared a local state of emergency in preparation for expected flooding.

The level of Lake Monona is expected to rise 3”– 6” within the next 24 hours as water moves downstream from Lake Mendota, according to a news release from the mayor's office.

Due to this rise, low-lying shoreline properties throughout the city, including Belle Isle and Pirate Island, should expect to see some level of flooding.

In addition, more rain is forecast beginning on Friday, which could cause lake levels to rise further.

Those with low-lying shoreline properties are advised to begin preparing now for potential flooding.

Sand and sand bags are available at Oneida Park in the City of Monona.

Oneida Park is located on Tecumseh Avenue, just south of its intersection with Winnequah Trail.

Volunteers who wish to help sandbag are asked to report directly to Oneida Park and bring gloves and shovels if possible. More sandbag locations will be added as communicated as needed.

The city also advises residents not to run sump pumps into the sanitary sewer, as this could result in sanitary sewer backups.

The city will keep residents updated on this situation through emergency alerts and updates via the City of Monona website at, on city social media sites, and on its radio station – WVMO 98.7 FM.

Residents can sign up to receive email and text message alerts by going to and clicking on the “Notify Me” icon, then selecting “Emergency Alerts.”

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