Helping neighbors

Jake Bisbee, center, joins neighbors and co-workers of a resident along Birch Haven Circle in Monona as they lay sandbags to protect the property from Lake Monona last week.

As flooding concerns remain with more rain anticipated through Monday evening, the city of Monona announced its boat launches will be closed until further notice.

The city said the launches at Winnequah Trail, Tonyawatha Trail and Lottes Park are closed because of high lake levels and debris floating in the water.

Residents who need to park their boats on the street as a result are being allowed to do so without threat of a parking ticket.

Although lake and flood levels were steady Saturday, Monona and Madison officials said sandbag barriers and other flood protections should be kept in place until all flood threats are gone.

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In Madison, the Capital City Trail has been opened along Monona Terrace between Blair and Broom streets, emergency operations spokesman Bryan Johnson said in a statement. Sandbags and pumps are being used to keep water off the path.

Ald. Mike Verveer, 4th District, who represents the area, said flooding on the path, particularly in Brittingham Park and Law Park, may still be susceptible to flooding from Lake Monona.

North Livingston Street has been opened to traffic, but South Livingston Street from East Washington Avenue to the railroad tracks is still closed for construction, Johnson said.

The chances for rain were better than even for Sunday and Labor Day, with 1 to 2 inches expected, according to the National Weather Service. Showers were expected to move through Tuesday night and Wednesday as well, with at least a chance for rain every day through Saturday.

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