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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 Department, when contacted early Tuesday morning.

The rainfall began Monday night, inundating western Madison and Middleton. Black Earth Creek began to rise, flooding the intersection of Rocky Dell Road and Highway 12 just after midnight. By 3 a.m. the Black Earth Fire Department was evacuating residents.

Around 6 a.m. Dane County performed a reverse 911 call to residents in Mazomanie, east of Bridge Street and north of Hudson, ordering them to evacuate. Water rescues were performed throughout the day.

Sections of Highway 14 from Middleton to Spring Green are impassable as of Tuesday night. The detour for Highway 14 via Highway 12 north and Wisconsin 60 west.

Dane County has declared a state of emergency, and local villages are filing the necessary paperwork to declare a state of emergency.

Any resident with damage to their home should report it by calling 211.


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