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Alder Samba Baldeh

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Alder Samba Baldeh

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Home Address:

5150 Crescent Oaks Dr
Madison , WI 53704

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Baldeh’s Blog

City of Madison Flood Safety Update

August 24, 2018 4:30 PM

Current Lake Conditions
Trace amounts of rain fell this morning, less than expected. Lake Mendota levels are down one inch; meanwhile, Lake Monona has risen two inches. More rain is anticipated tonight. City officials will monitor the weather conditions and their impact on the isthmus. Continue to follow for the latest information.

Important Safety Reminders
If you live in the area at risk of flooding, be cautious with regards to electricity. If your home's source of power is compromised by water, you will experience a loss of power. Contact your utility service if your building's power has been compromised.

Remember, do not handle items charged with live electricity near water.

In anticipation of flooding and possible loss of power:
·       Move all valuable items out of the basement and lower levels of your house.
·       Charge your cell phones while you can, and charge your back-up chargers, too.
·       Keep your refrigerator closed so your food doesn't spoil. Do not add to your stock of perishable foods for the next 4-5 days.
Sandbagging Efforts and How To Volunteer
About a dozen work-release inmates provided by the Dane County Sheriff's Office are filling sandbags. The National Guard has been contacted for additional support. 40,000 sandbags have been filled so far, and more will continue to be filled. Click for sandbag locations.
Traffic Impacts
Traffic flow is compromised in certain areas of the city, particularly where flooding affected the west side as well as on the isthmus. Plan for extra travel time, be patient during your commute, and choose alternate routes, such as Stoughton Road, Monona Drive, and other unaffected thoroughfares.

People are strongly encouraged to minimize the use of their personal vehicles to keep traffic congestion down. Madison Metro will provide free rides throughout the weekend. People who have the ability to work remotely or telecommute are encouraged to do so through Wednesday, 8/29.
Parking restrictions remain in place on Willy Street. Other parking restrictions have been suspended to accommodate vehicles that need to be moved from the flood risk areas. Public parking garages are available free of charge from 9:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. Parking in flood-prone areas puts your vehicle's viability at risk. View the flood risk map and find parking in areas not highlighted in blue.
Find more information about free parking in Madison.
Door Signs Distributed In Flood-Prone Areas
City staff have distributed approximately 1700 notices to households located in the flood risk areas. If you live near the flood risk areas identified on the map and did not receive a notice on your door, it does not mean your property will not flood! The original 1700 addresses were identified as areas of likeliest impact; however, we cannot predict which areas will be impacted if additional rainfall produces more floods.
Weekend Events
Weekend events such as the Dane County Farmer's Market and the Orton Park Festival are currently slated to go on as scheduled. If you are planning to attend any events on the isthmus, plan your alternate routes ahead of time, and always puts your safety first!

You can also send me an email or call if anything.


Dane County Update

If you need help call 2-1-1
If you can volunteer to help those in need,
please call the Red Cross: 608-233-9300
or the Salvation Army: 608-250-2200 

Dane County is under a state of emergency until further notice following this week's record rainfall. A number of local communities have issued similar declarations as the county and municipal resources continue their coordinated response to the flooding.
NEW: There will be a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) open to help residents affected by the flooding. To extend and streamline assistance for dozens of people impacted by record-setting rainfall and flooding in western Dane County, numerous service agencies will gather at two Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs).

Residents impacted by the floods/rain damage are encouraged to visit one of these two sites on the following days/times for access to recovery resources:

MARC - Multi Agency Resource Center

Two locations/times

Friday August 24th Mazomanie Elementary School - 314 Anne St. 1pm - 7pm Directions: Take KP to Hwy 14 turn left on 14 (west) go 5 blocks to Crocker St. turn right and go another 6 blocks to Hudson turn left and then right on Jane St. and the school will be in 1 block at Jane/Anne

Saturday August 25th Blackhawk Church - 9620 Brader Way Middleton 10am-4pm Directions: Beltline to Mineral Point Rd West to Bear Claw Way to Brader Way
Emergency Planning Division (608) 266-4330

Emergency Medical Services Division (608) 266-4387

Hazardous Materials Planning Division (608) 266-9051
Dane County Emergency Management Media Release Page 2 of 3

Dane County highway will begin repairs on Sections of Highway 14 - today, tonight and tomorrow. The goal is to have highway 14 open from Beltline to Deming Way today, and Deming Way and Pleasant View tomorrow.

As of early afternoon, the United Way's 2-1-1 reported receiving nearly 860 individual reports of private property damage from Dane County.

Three shelters established by the Red Cross yesterday will remain open tonight at the same locations - Glacier Creek Middle School in Cross Plains, Mazomanie Elementary School, and Madison West High School.

Businesses affected by flooding are completing flood damage assessments and reporting to local communities. Cities, towns, and villages are beginning to conduct similar assessments with public sector losses countywide expected to be in the many millions of dollars. Initial reports indicate the U.S. Highway 14 bridges in Black Earth sustained significant damage. While exact estimates on cost of replacement or timeline are not available, Dane County Highway is coordinating with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation on needed repairs. If the bridges need to be rebuilt, this work could take months to complete.

Here is a current list of remaining road closures:

Hwy 14 bridge west of Black Earth approaches washed out Hwy 14 (Beltline to Mazomanie)

Beltline Ramps closed at Greenway Beltline Ramps closed at Hwy 14

CTH J (Old Military Rd to CTH S) CTH G (CTH J to Marsh Lane) Hwy 69 (Hwy 151 to CTH PB) Detour: 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.
Dane County Emergency Management Media Release Page 3 of 3

Additional flooding is anticipated in the coming days along areas of Lakes Monona and Waubesa and eventually Kegonsa. Lake levels downstream of this week's rain have continued to rise. Sandbagging efforts are now underway in the City of Monona. A number of properties may experience flooding over the next 24-72 hours. Unused sandbags from Mazomanie and Belleville have been moved to areas now at risk of flooding. Dane County's sandbagging machine has been deployed to Monona. Slow, no wake orders remain in effect until further notice for Lakes Mendota, Monona, Kegonsa and Waubesa.

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