Several Wisconsin counties are struggling with rising river and lake levels after multiple rounds of torrential rain. Authorities are urging residents to be vigilant. See the latest coverage here.

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An analysis of last summer’s historic flooding of the Yahara River chain of lakes by a Dane County work group has yielded options for preventi…

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"There's one practical solution to this problem, and it's easily within our grasp," Soglin said. "That is to lower the level of our lakes."

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With flood damages fresh in mind and the climate getting wetter, Dane County wants to prevent a worse disaster next time. 

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First-floor residents were allowed to return this week, others not until an elevator is operational.

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As floodwaters slowly recede, the sun is warming up Madison's lakes and growing new blooms of hazardous bacterial algae.

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East Johnson Street, closed along Tenney Park since Aug. 22, has partially re-opened, the city of Madison said Monday.

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Shorewood Hills is at the end of a drainage basin into Lake Mendota, meaning all of the water falling onto the northern parts of Madison's Near West and West sides makes its way through the village, Administrator Karl Frantz said.

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Many boats were removed from the water, while others must stay within special speed limits.

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While the lakes may fall to manageable levels, rain in the coming weeks could cause floodwaters to return, Madison's mayor said.

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Eastbound Interstate 90/94 is down to one lane Friday morning as crews place sandbags, and additional closures are likely as weekend traffic increases.

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State officials are tentatively planning to incorporate weather-related damages in a 20-county area that stretches from La Crosse to Manitowoc.

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Just like last week, the river overflowed its banks and covered parts of Reedsburg before taking aim at Rock Springs, North Freedom and Baraboo.

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Insurance covered only about 2 percent of the $78.3 million in residential damage caused by the flooding.

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Officials said the swim and run courses remain unchanged and that "removal of debris and monitoring the water quality remain top priority. Ironman officials are continuing to work with the local authorities to closely monitor the current situation."

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The losses are estimated at about $300,000 at the Baseball Card Shoppe at Westgate Mall.

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After what looks to be a mostly dry day Tuesday across southern Wisconsin, storms and heavy rain are expected again on Wednesday, extending the area’s flooding woes, according to forecasters.

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Road closures and lane reductions in Madison's Isthmus could create for long and complicated commutes on the first day of school Tuesday.

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The plan involves going after some "low-hanging fruit" by redirecting the water that collects in underground parking garages and the basements of unfinished projects.

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Thunderstorms are forecast to spread north through southern Wisconsin mainly Monday afternoon, delivering locally heavy rain with frequent lightning, although severe weather is not anticipated.

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East Washington Avenue was temporarily closed early Sunday morning, and officials warn it'll likely close during future rainstorms forecast for the week.

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Last month's flooding knocked down bridges, uprooted trees and even eroded a hillside in the green space north of Lake Mendota.

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Q: What caused last month’s flooding?

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After a break in the showers and thunderstorms on Sunday morning, more are expected to develop in the afternoon and evening, delivering more heavy rain to southern Wisconsin, according to forecasters.

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Lake Mendota, at the head of the Yahara chain of lakes, was 9 inches above its state-mandated maximum level before the rain hit. 

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Launches at Winnequah Trail, Tonyawatha Trail and Lottes Park are closed because of continued high lake levels and debris floating in the water.

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Southern Wisconsin could see 1 to 2 inches of rain though Sunday, and more showers and storms into late next week, extending and exacerbating the area’s flooding woes, according to forecasters.

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Volunteers moved all the locomotives and train cars to higher ground before flood waters started to reach the museum.

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At least eight tornadoes touched down during storms Tuesday and Wednesday, and rivers are still cresting in central and western Wisconsin.

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A week after finding Ugg boots and Nike shoes drifting through the store like toy boats, owner Steve Schmitt has reopened.

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Southern Wisconsin’s flooding woes might get worse before they get better as forecasters predict 1 to 1.5 inches north of Madison, 1.5 to 2 inches in the Madison area, and 2 to 3 inches southwest of Madison from Friday night through Sunday, with more chances for showers and storms into the middle of next week.

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Columbia County emergency management officials established additional emergency slow no-wake zones. 

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An 11-year-old boy sucked into a flooded Wisconsin storm sewer was saved when an eagle-eyed firefighter saw the boy’s fingers pop through an opening in a manhole cover.

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If pilot lights are snuffed out gas can accumulate inside homes, creating an explosion hazard.

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With more water on the way, a reminder that floodwaters carry risks of contaminants, debris and unpredictable currents.

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Many tenants are upset with the property owner and manager about their evacuation, poor communication, and a lack of progress and support, and the owner will now be delivering checks to defray some expenses and care packages.

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The aid operation — dubbed "Operation Muck'em Bucky" — began Monday in coordination with local and state authorities.

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With Madison’s lakes already brimming and its storm sewers backing up onto streets, the forecast of more rain Tuesday for the area posed a renewed risk of flash flooding.

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Highway 14 between Middleton and Cross Plains was reopened Sunday, but it is still closed to through traffic due to a washed out bridge near Black Earth.

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Flooding has leveled off for now, but sandbagging is continuing as more rainfall is expected Sunday evening, potentially dumping several inches onto the Madison area.

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The dramatic rescues both occurred along the same road west of Verona and only four hours and about 100 yards apart.

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County Executive Joe Parisi, meanwhile, said the initial damage assessment from this week's flooding totals $108 million, with about two-thirds of the total to private homes and businesses and a third to public property.

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Parking is also restricted on some East Side streets.

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Madison and Monona residents struggled Friday to handle flooding with more rain in the forecast.

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One West Side rental car agency trucked in vehicles from as far away as Chicago and Wausau to fill requests.

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Pete Jensen knows from sandbags.

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The increased flow will push water levels higher on Lake Monona, which was at the 100-year flood level Thursday afternoon.

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The village's administrator estimates $4 million to $5 million in damage to public infrastructure and an equal amount of damage to private properties.

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Thursday was another day to repair and dry out from this week's floods.

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The store was flooded and thousands of products have been trashed and removed.

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Check our map for the latest updates as roads gradually reopen across Dane County.

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Businesses were hit hard by the record rainfall and many won't reopen for weeks.

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James A. Sewell, 70, died from accidental drowning after he was swept away by flood waters Monday night on Madison's Southwest Side.

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Engine sensitivity to water and vehicles' computers and electronics make water damage particularly difficult, if not impossible, to remediate.

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Parts of western Dane County received a summer's worth of rain in just 24 hours this week, triggering widespread flash flooding. 

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Communities along the Yahara Lakes were sandbagging against a possible 3- to 6-inch rise in lake levels expected by Thursday.

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Water levels in Lakes Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa could rise another three to six inches, potentially flooding properties along the lake shores.

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Davis said water levels fell about 3 feet overnight Tuesday, making the situation less urgent.

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Homeowners, businesses and local officials were cleaning up Wednesday after major flooding in many parts of Dane County.

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Monday's storm that shattered the state's rainfall record has shut down the section of the Capital City Trail between Fish Hatchery Road and the Badger State/Cannonball/Capital City trail intersection known as the bicycle roundabout

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An epic rainfall swept one man to his death, washed out bridges, swamped homes, cars and businesses, and marooned dozens of shoppers overnight…

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The man, believed to be in his 70s, had been in a car that had become stuck in a drainage ditch at Chapel Hill Road.

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Record rains slammed Dane County on Monday and Tuesday, leading to flooding and widespread damage.

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Readers and others share photos and stories of the historic flooding and aftermath.

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View these videos from media and local residents showing the drama of fast-rising waters that flooded western Dane County.

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Be careful when cleaning a flooded basement.

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Three shelters have opened for victims of the flooding across western Dane County.

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Heavy rains hammered Dane County throughout Monday afternoon and evening, flooding several major thoroughfares and intersections and knocking …

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As Dane County residents clean up in the aftermath of historic flooding, many will not have flood-related insurance coverage under the Nationa…

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Lake levels are rising, and the area may be on the cusp of flooding unlike anything in the last 100 years, according to one expert.

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Flooding has ravaged much of the state of Wisconsin and unfortunately there is more rain in the forecast.