City undertakes two major flood mitigation projects

The city of Madison is tackling two flood mitigation projects right now to help some of the areas hardest hit by flooding. Areas near McKenna and Hawks Landing have experienced more significant flooding events in the last three to four years, according to Madison’s Engineering Division. Both areas are now undergoing repairs and updates to curb flooding.

City crews over by McKenna near the Park Ridge residential area are widening a channel to allow more water to flow and move faster from the channel to Elver Park Ponds downstream.

The city of Madison is tackling two flood mitigation projects to prevent future flooding at McKenna Blvd and Hawks Landing. City crews say the projects will allow the areas to handle more flood water as well as move it out of the area faster #news3now pic.twitter.com/OyOUmsTCZC

— Keely Arthur (@news3keely) September 16, 2019

“This will substantially lower the water level along the channel and on private property during large storm events,” said Hannah Mohelnitzky, the public information officer for the Engineering Division.

The project is also designed to substantially lower water levels on McKenna Bloulevard during large storm events and keep it passable to emergency response vehicles. Mohelnitzky said that is critical given the placement of a fire station and a police station near Elver Park.

The project began in July and will wrap up next year. McKenna Bloulevard is down to one lane in each direction for the duration of the project.

Crews began their work at Hawks Landing mid-September. The project will expand the size of a storm sewer in the area, which takes water from the entire west side of Hawks Landing. Crews will also install a new storm sewer near the norther boarder of Hawks Landing. Constriction will wrap up sometime in 2020.

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