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News Sickle Arrow NSA Black Earth Cross Plains

By Joe Block 

Torrential rains cause evacuations and flood damage


August 23, 2018

Carrie Booth Danz

A family in Mazomanie is rescued by airboat Tuesday morning. Over 11 inches of rain fell over the Black Earth Creek valley between Monday night and Tuesday morning, washing out roads and leading to mandatory evacuations.

Over 11 inches of rain fell over western Dane County, including Black Earth and Mazomanie, sending Black Earth Creek over its banks and flooding the downtown areas of both villages.

The western portion of Black Earth was evacuated early Tuesday morning as floodwaters rose. Roughly 75 people were evacuated, and there were several water rescues. Highway 14 near Mills Street washed out. The National Weather Service reported that Black Earth Creek reached an all-time high.

"The Fire Station has two and half feet of water in it, so that's not good," said Mitch Hodson, of the Black Earth Fire Dep...

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