MONONA – Governor Scott Walker today visited Oneida Park in Monona and the Tenney Park Locks in Madison to thank National Guard members and volunteers helping Madison communities recovering from flood damage, and prepare for possible additional rainfall.
“Wisconsin’s communities are resilient, always coming together in times of need,” said Governor Walker. “Thank you to every community member, first responders, and our National Guard for coming together quickly to help our Madison communities recover. With the potential for more rainfall to occur, it makes the dedication of these men and women all the more important--we truly appreciate their efforts.”
Wisconsin National Guard troops were out assisting local emergency crews in Madison by placing sandbags yesterday. The National Guard is similarly out, again, today throughout the county to prepare the city for any additional rainfall that may occur. The Governor met with 20 members of the guard at each of the parks today.
Over the course of two days, 11-13 inches of rain fell in parts of Dane County according to the National Weather Service. The historic rainfall has caused local lakes and waterways to swell with floodwaters. This resulted in Governor Walker declaring a state of emergencyin Dane County earlier this week.