Traffic rerouted by flooding in Madison

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Madison city officials are working with Dane County and the state Department of Natural Resources to monitor the rising levels on the Yahara Lakes.

Water on some of the main streets in Madison is already creating alternative traffic routes Thursday. The Madison isthmus encompasses the State Capitol and the city's main business and financial districts and lies between Lake Mendota to Lake Monona, two of the lakes in the Yahara chain.

The city planned to release details on traffic patterns, lake levels and precautionary measures, such as sandbagging, at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

The rising lake levels in eastern Dane County follow massive flooding in the western part of the county earlier this week. Some state highways remain closed, including Highway 14 from Middleton to Black Earth.