The occurrence and impact of flooding are of increasing concern to Dane County residents. Severe flood damages in the past have cost property owners and local governments tens of millions of dollars.
Since 1971, there have been seven Presidential disaster declarations for Dane County due to flooding. Record high water levels for lakes Mendota and Monona occurred in 2000, and for lakes Waubesa and Kegonsa record high levels occurred in 1996. Smaller scale, localized flooding occurs on an annual basis. The potential exists for future damages to farmland, crops, homes, businesses, shorelines, and roads located in Dane County.
Dane County Emergency Management’s flood safety web page summarizes many actions that individuals, homes, businesses and communities can take to reduce their risks of suffering flood damage by preparing long before a flood occurs. This web page also provides tips on how to stay safe during flooding, and how to recover when floods occur.
Other helpful resources related to flood prevention and management:
- Dane County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (Dane County Emergency Management)
- Dane County floodplain information (Dane County Planning and Development)
- Chapter 5 (Agricultural, Natural and Cultural Resources) of the Dane County Comprehensive Plan (Dane County)
- Stormwater management and infiltration in Dane County (Water Resource Engineering Division)
- Lake level management in Dane County