Flood of 2008 changed landscape, taught lessons

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A massive 2008 flood -- which killed three people and caused about $763 million in damage -- changed the landscape of 31 Wisconsin counties.

Five years later, those changes remain. While some changes were difficult, officials believe they are better prepared for the next big rain event.

In Gay Mills, several homes were removed and businesses and village offices were moved to higher ground. The threat of flood is virtually non-existent, but the village lost about 20 percent of its residents.

At Lake Delton, an improved dam has helped restore the lake that broke through its banks in 2008. Tom Diehl, owner of Tommy Bartlett Ski Show, says the lake is much better than it was before the breech.

AP-WF-06-09-13 2158GMT


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