City of Middleton seeks to address widespread flood damage

Published: May. 18, 2019 at 9:25 PM CDT
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Rain is a constant reminder of August’s historic flooding for some living in Middleton, as many still deal with problems in their own backyard.

Dana Skillrud lives along the Pheasant Branch Creek in Middleton. For her and others living along the river, the effects of the floods are far from over.

“We have lived here for 16 years. This is the first time we have had a flood,” Skillrud said. “We lost about 12 to 15 feet of frontage that all went into the creek along with our boat, and hoist that used to be there."

Middleton's city administrator, Mike Davis, said they are waiting to hear from FEMA. to find out much they will be reimbursed for damage.

"Much of the damage we had in Middleton was along the major Pheasant Branch Creek corridor, including some in the conservancy, and that was about $5 million of the $6.5 million in damage,” Davis told NBC15.

Davis said it will likely be until December of 2019 before they have answers. The city does have a plan in place, with a few projects already in the works.

“The major projects that are underway now, in fact the city council will have them for approval next Tuesday, May 21, would be for a pond that completely failed during the storm," Davis said.

The City of Middleton is also coming up with a plan to fix the portion of Pheasant Creek Skillrud lives on.

Middleton passed a storm water referendum in the fall of 2018, which city administrator Davis said will allow them to fund necessary repairs.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi also announced they would buy farmland near Middleton and turn it into a prairie, to help stay ahead of future flooding.