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Dane County Board creates work group to address recent flooding


MADISON (WKOW) — The Dane County Board of Supervisors voted to create a technical work group, full of experts, to make recommendations that could help the county prevent flooding in the future.

The decision comes after recent flooding on the isthmus that resulted in at least $78,287,645 worth of damage to residences and $37,114,219 worth of damage to businesses, according to the board.

The board is now wanting to look at how it can keep such damage from happening again.

It’s why they will form a group made up of experts from UW-Madison and the Land and Water Resources Department.

The group’s focus will be studying the lake levels for the Yahara Chain of Lakes (Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, Kegonsa) and determine what, if any, change needs to be made to the levels. The experts will also give recommendations on how the county can improve the flow of water through the Yahara River system and how the county can reduce storm-water runoff into the lakes.

The resolution to form the group comes after historic flooding in 2018, 2008, 2000, and 1993.

“I think it’s been a lesson learned for our entire community about how connected our watersheds are and how connected or communities are and how something that happens maybe 50, 100 miles away, can affect right where you live in your backyard,” said Dane County Supervisor Yogesh Chawla. “It shows how connected we are and how our solutions have to be connected as well.”

The board expects to hear from the group and receive its recommendations by March 31, 2019.

Hunter Sáenz

Reporter, WKOW

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