Yahara Lakes to continue rising following record rainfall, Dane County officials say

August 22, 2018

Water levels in Lakes Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa could rise another three to six inches over the next 24 hours, Dane County officials said, potentially flooding properties along the lake shores.

The lake levels in the Yahara Lakes, including Lake Mendota, have been rising steadily over the past 24 hours following the record rainfall that flooded much of western Dane County Monday and Tuesday, Executive’s Office Chief of Staff Josh Wescott said.

“Hundreds of sandbags and the county’s sandbagging machine as being moved to help property owners,” Wescott said.

Dane County Emergency Management also sent 10 weed cutters into the downstream Yahara River to cut up blockages and help water move more quickly out of the lakes, Wescott said.

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