DANE COUNTY (WKOW) — Dane County officials spent more than a week working around the clock to keep people safe across cities, villages and towns during the historic flooding.
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval says, “It still creates apprehension for a lot of people every time it rains around here. ”
As heavy rains poured onto Dane County August 20, 2018 the 911 center was flooded with more than a thousand calls, responders were sent to 80 water rescues.
“We needed all hands on deck,” said Charles Tubbs with Dane County Emergency Management, “We were in a situation where we were facing extreme dangers with the intensity of the water.”
But he says it was difficult to get to communities cut off by water. “We worked hand in hand and made sure we protected the number one resource and that was the safety of our citizens in the county.”
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said,”There were folks who were without homes. And so, you know, we had to set up Red Cross centers for folks to come into.”
As the days wore on, water receded from homes and roads, bringing a new challenge to the lakes.
“Our sewer systems designed to deliver all of that water into the lakes as quickly as possible, that moving that water through the chain of lakes was very challenging,” said Parisi.
He says it was one of the most important lessons learned, shaping plans for infrastructure improvements in the past year.
Departments across the county came together afterward to review their response and to prepare for the future.