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Residents along Lake Waubesa battle historic water levels

For nearly 45 years, the Larsons have enjoyed their lakefront home on Lake Waubesa, every once in a while battling the water.

This is different.

"We’ve seen it bad but nothing like this," Kathy Larson said. "Nothing where we had to worry about the water coming from Mendota."

Water is all around their home, but so far the inside is dry.

All thanks to restored wetlands in the area, but those are reaching the extent of their usefulness.

"There’s a heightened sense of concern, our wetlands are now full and so they’re poised for flooding, we have no storage left," Ed Minihan, Town of Dunn chairman, said. 

For now there aren’t that many homes in areas of concern, but that can change.

"If we get a large amount of rain then other homes will be in jeopardy," Minihan said.

On Thursday there were more than a thousand sandbags at Goodland Park. 

Just a day later and there are just a few dozen left, but people have been making full use of what they have available.

"A lot of sun dances, hoping for the sun to stay out," Larson said. "There’s really not much we can do right now, we’re going to have to do something different after this."

The concerns extend even further than just the next few weeks.

"We need it to get down before the winter comes before it freezes because this will be disastrous," Larson said.

While some feel the county has been focusing more on lakes Mendota and Monona, the Larsons feel the big picture makes a difference.

"I think they’ve been trying to hold it back," Larson said. "If they let too much out, you might as well forget our house, so I think everyone is trying to work it for what’s best for everybody."


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