Historic Floods: One Year Later

Historic Floods: One Year Later
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One year later, many Wisconsinites are still dealing with the impacts of severe flooding from historic rainfall. All day long, News 3 Now will be marking the anniversary of the August 2018 flooding.

That storm dropped 15 inches of rain on Dane County causing major flooding and more than 150 million dollars in damage. That rainfall broke a state record for the heaviest amount to fall in a 24-hour period.

The Black Earth Creek Bridge was just one of the many bridges that were either damaged or washed away across the state stranding thousands in communities with no way in or out. Roads disappeared, train tracks were dismantled, power was lost, and many homes and businesses either damaged or destroyed.

LOOKING BACK: One year ago, the Black Earth Creek would have been way over my head where I’m standing right now after heavy rain and historic flooding. Our special LIVE #TeamCoverage starts next at 5am @WISCTV_News3 #News3Now pic.twitter.com/ly7LeUEWrz

— Josh Spreiter (@ JoshSpreiterTV ) August 20, 2019

It was because of all of that, Dane county officials had to declare a State of Emergency. It’s a moment in time Dane County Executive Joe Parisi says he will never forget.

” There has been story after story relayed to me of people from police officers to sheriff’s deputies to citizens going out and being true heroes, and I think a lot of people can take a lot of solace in that, ” Parisi told News 3 Now in a one-on-one interview.

Steve Schmitt, owner of the Shoe Box in Black Earth, feels the same sentiment. He’s proud to have his business in a community that has always backed its neighbors.

” It gives me chills. It puts tears in my eyes, ” Schmitt said. ” We’re blessed to be in this community and this whole area. ”

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi says we all to be better informed, better prepared, and expect the unexpected with higher ground water and changing weather patterns. The county is implementing a new multi-year plan being funded by 18 million dollars . That was put into the budget specifically for flooding this year.

Stay with News 3 Now for continuing coverage all day long from those communities affected most by flooding and see just how far they’ve come.

Historic Floods: One Year Later

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