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Dane County officials warn not to travel unless essential following historic flooding

More than 9 inches hits parts of Dane County

MADISON, Wis. - Dane County officials are warning residents to stay at home unless travel is essential Monday night as more than 9 inches of rain have fallen.  

"There will be parts of the city that do look quite different," Ed Ruckriegel, Emergency Operations Coordinator for the Madison Fire Department, told News 3. "There are a number of businesses with water in it, streets that have been washed away, so yeah thing are going to look different in the morning." 

In a release Monday night, the Dane County Sheriff's department warned that roads throughout the western half of Dane County are impassable due to downed trees and high water.

The Village of Cross Plains is one of the hardest hit areas. The Cross Plains Fire Department says Highway 14, Highway P, Highway KP and Airport Road are all closed due to significant flooding. Fire Chief Dale Lochner says the morning commute is expected to be impacted by the flooding. Full damage assessments will be conducted once the sun comes up.

The Madison Police and Fire Department sent a joint news release reminding drivers to "turn around, don't drown," and asked people to stay home if they can. 

"Please listen to the weather forecasts and do not drive in areas under flash flood warnings.  Doing so puts you and our responders at risk," the release said. 

Officials with the City of Madison also sent a release Monday night warning that a number of areas in the city are not safe for driving. 

The city later added that a large portion of University Avenue, multiple intersections at Schroeder Road, Chapel Hill and Regis streets and areas of Marty Road are are all flooded as well. 

Officials with the Fitchburg Police Department said that Fitchrona Road is closed from Lacy Road to Nesbitt Road. The closure will remain in effect for Tuesday morning and will likely remain in place thorough Tuesday. 

Multiple areas, including parts of Highway 14 near Cross Plains and Highway 151 near Highway 92 have been closed due to water over the roadway. 

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi tweeted Monday night asking for "extreme caution" following reports of flooding and high water in western Dane county. 

Madison police and fire officials are responding to multiple calls for water rescues in the city as Dane County remains under a flood warning. 

Dane County dispatchers confirmed a call for a water rescue in a stranded vehicle at Commerce Drive and Mineral Point Road just before 5:30 p.m Monday.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said in a release that all northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 113 at Johnson Street were affected by flooding and drivers were advised to use an alternate route. 

The National Weather Service has issued a flash-flood warning for Dane County until 8:30 p.m.

Madison Gas and Electric's outage map shows that more than 3,400 people were without power around 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Officials with the company said they have crews responding and that they hope to have power restored in a couple of hours. Officials said the power outages are storm-related. 


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