City says don’t park in low-lying areas, prepare for potential flash floods

The City of Madison Engineering Division is urging residents to stay cautious and stay updated on weather conditions for the next couple of days. Flash flooding could be possible around the Madison area.

Some areas of potential concerns include the intersections at Blount and Mifflin streets, Dayton and Blount streets, Dayton and Livingston streets, First and Johnson streets, Third and Johnson streets, Fourth and Johnson streets, and Livingston and Mifflin streets.

Engineering crews are on standby throughout the night to respond to flood risks. Residents can report flooding concerns to City Engineering Operations by calling 608-266-4430.

City of Madison Engineering Division’s Public Information Officer Hannah Mohelnitzky said the department’s top priority is public safety. She urges people not to drive through standing water in streets and don’t park their vehicles in high-flood risk areas.

“When people are driving around, they may see some roads that are a little washed over, but in a few hours, that might go up. Then it might go down; then it might go up,” Mohelnitzky said. “Do not park your car in any low-lying area that you know have flooded in the past. That’s really important for people to note and keep their things safe and keep themselves safe.”

In a press release, Mohelnitzky wrote that Lake Mendota’s water levels have increased 0.70 feet in the past month, and Lake Monona has increased 0.50 feet at the same time.

With the increase in lake levels, on top of rainfall accumulation, it can overwhelm stormwater systems in the area.

Mohelniztky urges residents to do everything they can and take proper precautions to prevent themselves from being flooded out. You can also report flooding here.

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