Middleton issues disaster declaration due to flooding threat

By: Rachelle Baillon Email
By: Rachelle Baillon Email

UPDATED Friday, June 28, 2013--6p.m.
MIDDLETON--The water level is elevated along Lake Mendota in Middleton. Rain also continues to be a possibility. Because of those things, the Middleton mayor is issuing a disaster declaration in anticipation of future flooding. "Our public works people aren't allowed to spend money on private property to help those people out unless there's an emergency declared," said Mayor Kurt Sonnentag.

They're now able to supply residents along the water line with sandbags. A crew dropped off ten tons of the stuff this afternoon.

"It's about a foot away from flood stage right now," said Mayor Sonnentag. "So more rain continued draining into Lake Mendota, it's a very real possibility that these people are going to need sandbags."

We spoke with a few residents who live near the water line. None of them wanted to talk on camera, but they said they're not planning to sandbag. They said even if the water continues to rise, it might end up in their yards, but likely won't reach their homes.

However, others are worried about the prospect of more rain. "We've had calls from two homeowners so far that want sand bags," said Mayor Sonnentag. "So we knew that they were thinking about it."

If you're in danger of flooding and you'd like to get your hands on some sandbags, you can contact the Middleton Public Works Department at 821-8370.

Posted Friday, June 28, 2013 --- 3:00 p.m.

They mayor of Middleton has issued a disaster declaration due to the flooding threat.

Crews are monitoring the Yahara Chain of Lakes. They say potential flooding all depends on when more rain comes.

They mayor made the declaration based on near-term predictions of rising lake levels. The declaration allows the city to provide sand, sandbags and plastic sheeting to residents to help them prepare their properties.

Residents that need sandbags should call the Public Works Department at 827-1080.

Middleton residents with damage should call the City Building Inspector at 821-8370.

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