Madison Dealing with Floodwaters Again?

 Rising floodwater from recent rains is beginning to creep back on to Madison streets downtown, and there is the possibility of new lane closures.

Both Lake Mendota and Monona rose about 5 inches following the rain Sunday and Monday, according to Katie Crawley from Madison Mayor Paul Soglin’s office.

Lake Mendota is currently one foot below the 100-year elevation and six inches below the storm high.

Lake Monona sits one inch over the 100-year flood elevation which is nineinches below the Aug.-Sept. storm high, says Crawley.

Both lakes have peaked for now, but more rain is predicted tonight through the middle of next week.

A further rise in lake levels will occur if the area receives the amounts of rain predicted but Madison city staff will continue to monitor the weather and the lake levels.

Like September, water is re-appearing on E. Mifflin St. west of Livingston St and just starting to appear on E. Johnson St. at the Yahara River on Madison’s near-east side.

Madison motorists are again facing possible lane or road closures, according to Crawley.

City staff are reminding residents to check their sandbags, make sure they are in proper locations to protect property if water continues to rise.

The city is also asking that residents not park vehicles in low-lying areas.

If you see water pooling and there is rain in the forecast, avoid that area for parking, says Crawley.

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