Montello getting back to normal as Main Street reopens after flooding

September 14, 2018 GMT

Things are finally returning to normal in Montello after massive flooding over the past two weeks shut down the main road in the village and delayed the opening of school.

Highway 22 opened Wednesday, allowing school buses to return to their normal routes instead of taking a long detour to pick up children for school.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation inspected the Main Street bridge on Tuesday, and no structural damage was found. Some surface damage was found on a retaining wall, with repairs scheduled next week.

The road and bridge have a 10-ton weight limit for now, because of the saturated ground conditions.

In Madison, a stretch of the Capital City Bike Trail near Monona Terrace, which had closed because of flooding, is now open. Its opening was delayed on Wednesday when seven of the eight pumps used to pump water from the trail back into Lake Monona were stolen.

The pumps were replaced and the city reopened that section of the trail late Wednesday afternoon.

Some streets on Madison’s Isthmus affected by flooding from the Tenney Dam still have lanes closed, and it might take awhile before all streets are back to normal.

City officials are advising residents who have used sandbags to protect property to keep those bags in place for now; curbside collection of the bags will take place after the risk of flooding ends.

Lake Monona’s water level dropped 5 inches as of Wednesday morning, but it was still 5 inches above the 100-year flood level.

While dry weather is forecast through the weekend, more rain is expected next week, Monona officials said. Residents there also are advised not to remove sandbags.

All three Monona boat launches and the Madison boat launches on Lake Monona remain closed.

All beaches on Madison’s lakes and the Tenney Park shelter and lagoon area also remain closed.

Madison golf courses have reopened, but golfers must use carts.

Some state and county highways remain closed by high water, mainly in southwest Wisconsin. A list of the closures can be found on the Wisconsin highway travel map at 511wi.gov/map#:Alerts.