Lake Monona drops 5 inches, still above 100-year flood level

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MONONA, Wis. – Lake Monona has dropped 5 inches in the last week, but water is still high, officials said Wednesday. 

The city of Monona said residents should keep their sandbags in place as Lake Monona is still 5 inches above the 100-year flood level

Dry weather is forecast through the weekend but rainy weather is expected to return next week. 

The city of Madison said it’s anticipated that the lake level will fall if sunny weather persists without rain for six more days. 

“We are in no way free of flooding concerns,” the city said in an update Wednesday. Any additional rain will tax the levels of Lake Monona the Yahara River and the storm sewer system. Residents and businesses in the isthmus area should not remove sandbags yet, the city said.

Once the flooding threat ends, Madison said there will be a curbside collection program for sandbags. 

The city also advised residents who have experienced flood damage to complete a 211 Wisconsin Disaster Report online at by Thursday. Reports can also be made by calling 211.

All three Monona boat launches at Winnequah Trail, Tonyawatha Trail and Lottes Park remained closed Wednesday until further notice, according to a news release. A slow, no-wake order also remains in effect.

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