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Roads closed by flash flooding Wednesday

Stationary front remains parked over southern Wis.

MADISON, Wis. - Another 2 inches of rain fell in Madison Wednesday morning, and caused major problems for an area that has seen a lot of rain in the past week.

About 20 Dane County roads were closed because of flooding as of 7:20 a.m., according to Dane County Emergency Management.

Madison police said traffic was being redirected at the following roads Wednesday morning because of high water:

In Rock County, 12 roads were being monitored and two were closed by the sheriff including:

  • CLOSED: STH 59, between STH 138 and East Union Road
  • CLOSED: South Carvers Rock Road from East Creek Road to East Larsen Road
  • MONITORED: USH 14 From Evansville to Union
  • MONITORED: USH 14 and Cravers Rock Road
  • MONITORED: USH 14 and Emerald Grove Road
  • MONITORED: Turtle Creek -- Clinton
  • MONITORED: Sugar River Park -- Avon Township
  • MONITORED: CTH G and Philhower Road
  • MONITORED: CTH X for a mile East of Clinton
  • MONITORED: Clinton Corners Road between CTH X and the state line
  • MONITORED: STH 67 and Pearson Road
  • MONITORED: West Avon North Townline Road and South Avon Store Road
  • MONITORED: Tolles Road North of CTH M
  • MONITORED: The area of 10503 Kidder Road

Stationary front remains parked over southern Wis.

The water is receding in Waunakee near South Division Street and Knightsbridge Road but the road is still blocked off.

Neighbors in the area said earlier Wednesday morning it was a lot worse and the water actually reached out to the sidewalk.

Part of South Division Street and Knightsbridge Road is still blocked off after Six Mile Creek overflowed into the street early Wednesday morning.

Lots of people in Waunakee have been stopping to take pictures of the scene because while the creek has flooded many times it has never been this bad.

"We saw some pictures on Facebook of some of the area creeks that were really high, looked like a lake or river and we saw the road closed and knew it was pretty high," said Robb Wallney of Waunakee.

Businesses in the area were unaffected by the overflow however they did say they had to detour around the blockage to get to work Wednesday morning. Neighbors were also fortunate the water didn't make it to their basements.

Traffic on Highway 78 outside of Mazomanie due to a mudslide and debris on the road. Dane County highway crews worked quickly to clear the road.

Things were also slow-going for drivers in Janesville Wednesday morning because one of the exit ramps of Interstate 39-90 was covered in water.

County highway crews kept a close eye on the scene to make sure drivers trying to get off the freeway exit at Highway 14 westbound knew to slow down.

Officials told News3 there were no injuries or crashes there.

McFarland was also hit by the heavy storm.

The biggest problem area was near Valley Drive and Cook Street where several homes and the street were flooded.

Traffic was blocked off and neighbors said water got to 4 feet high. The street was cleared up around 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Over the past five days, the Madison area has received nearly 5 inches of rain, and the areas of Grant and Iowa counties have picked up between 10 and 14 inches of rain. This has led to flooding and mudslides in the western portion of Wisconsin, which would be made worse by continued rainfall.

For the year, southern Wisconsin is roughly 10 inches above the average for precipitation, making it one of the wettest years on record so far.

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