Friday, Oct. 5, 11:00 am
The National Weather Service is forecasting more rain this weekend and into next week. City officials are preparing for flooding and encouraging residents to do the same.
The Madison area may receive 1 to 1 ½ inches of rain tonight with additional heavy rain possible Sunday night. The area is currently under a Flash Flood Watch.
Lake levels remain high with Lake Monona still ½ inch above the 100-year flood level.
Keep in mind, one inch of rain can result in a three-inch rise in lake levels. There is additional concern for flash flooding as well, specifically in the isthmus area. As always, if you see pooling water, are in a low-lying area or have noticed water standing in the street in the past, don’t park a vehicle there when heavy rain is predicted, as the area is more susceptible to flooding.
City officials are filling and restocking sandbags at multiple sandbag locations throughout the city. Please check your current sandbags to ensure they are still adequately protecting your property.
Residents are being asked to assist the City and remove leaves from storm drains and gutters to prevent clogged storm drains. City crews will be working to inspect and maintain major culvert crossings. Residents who observe clogged drains can report them to the City’s Report Problem.
Traffic Engineers will be monitoring water levels on area streets and may be closing lanes and streets over the weekend as needed. Currently, East Main Street continues to be closed from the Yahara River to Northern Court. The Yahara River bike path is still closed from Sherman Avenue to East Washington Avenue. Lane closures and all other storm related updates will be posted on the City flooding website: cityofmadison.com/flooding.