Gov. declares state of emergency in Dane County
10:20 a.m. August 22, 2018
As residents in Dane County work to clean up from this week's widespread flooding, health officials are sending out a reminder of what can be lurking in the water. Flood waters can carry sewage, manure, pesticides, gas and other health hazards. Officials recommend cleaning up contaminants as soon as possible to prevent the growth of mold.
Private well owners may need to disinfect their water. If the well head has been submerged the contaminated flood water may have polluted the drinking water.
A deluge of rain overnight Monday led to massive flooding that washed out roads and bridges, stranded motorists, swamped homes and led to the death of one man in Madison.
6:45 p.m. August 21, 2018
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency in flood-stricken Dane County.
Walker said Tuesday the state is ready to assist in recovery efforts after torrential rains prompted evacuations and left at least one person dead in the south-central Wisconsin county.
The governor plans to tour the flood damage on Wednesday.
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan sent a letter Tuesday to President Donald Trump, asking him to provide federal assistance for flood recovery efforts if Walker seeks a federal disaster declaration.