2018 Flood Information

On August 20, 2018 the Village of Cross Plains experienced a flash flood incident which caused widespread damages to private homes, businesses, and public infrastructure. This page contains information on the recovery efforts. This page will be updated as new or updated information is available.

National Flood Insurance Program Substantial Damage Assessments

As a consequence of the recent flooding event, the Village of Cross Plains is required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the WI Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and Chapter 85, Section 85.36(7) of the Village of Cross Plains Floodplain Ordinance to conduct substantial damage assessments of all floodplain structures located on residential and business parcels. 

A structure is considered in the floodplain if the structure is completely or partially located in the mapped floodplain. A structure is considered substantially damaged if the total cost to restore the structure to its pre-damaged condition equals or exceeds 50% of the structure’s present equalized assessed value.

Village Letters

Letters were sent by the Village on September 19, 2018 to property owners with structures located in the floodplain notifying them of the need to complete a damage evaluation/inspection. If you do not receive a letter, no inspection is needed of your property. We will be conducting damage evaluations/inspections over the next several weeks. If you received a letter, please contact the Village directly by calling 608-798-3241 ext. 105, to schedule a damage evaluation/inspection.

Garbage Pick-up Information

  • September 7, 2018 Update
    • Village Crews have finished their curbside pick-up of flood related debris. Any remaining flood-related debris will need to be disposed of by individual property owners at their own expense.

Electronic devices (TVs, computers, etc.) will not be pick-up by Village personnel; please call Town and Country Sanitation to make arrangements for pick-up these items 800-626-1915. 

he Village is hosting an electronics recycling event on Saturday, October 6th from 8 a.m. to noon, for more information on this event, please view the Recycling Services (PDF).

AIA Rapid Assessment Strike Team (RASTeam)

The American Institute of Architects, Wisconsin Rapid Assessment Strike Team (RASTeam) completed disaster building assessments in the Village of Cross Plains on Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1st. 

The team completed similar work in Mazomanie and Black Earth. They completed structural assessments of those buildings impacted by the flood event in targeted areas of the village for the purpose of collecting general status data that will be shared with:

  • Building Inspector
  • Dane County and Wisconsin Emergency Management
  • The Village

The information gathered by this team is important for the ongoing recovery process and to determine the scope of damage the flooding has caused our community.

Structurally Assessed & Documented Buildings

Buildings that were structurally assessed and documented received a placard placed on the building. The team was not able to provide any direction to individual property owners on how to proceed with making repairs. Property owners will need to consult with a licensed professional to determine next steps and repair procedures. 

Building Inspector

Please remember that the Village’s Building Inspector is not a structural engineer, he is not able to determine next steps for property owners. The Building Inspectors role is to ensure any work that is being completed by contractors is compliant with code. If you have any questions regarding the RASTeam, please contact Caitlin Stene.

Building Inspection Information

The Village is aware of several properties in which due to flooding MG&E has turned off gas and/or electrical service.

Property owners were notified by MG&E of their disconnection. In order to restore services, property owners will need to work with MG&E and the Village Building Inspector to ensure remediation has been completed. Once inspected, services can be restored.

Please note that building inspection can only occur after the property is dry with no standing water. The Village Building Inspector and MG&E are communicating regarding this process. If you have questions regarding this process or the building inspection process, please contact Tracy Johnson, the Village’s Building Inspector.

Road Closures

  • Highway 14 bridge west of Black Earth approaches washed out
  • Important Road Closures in the Cross Plains area as of Wednesday, August 29th

Please note that Highway 14 from Middleton to Cross Plains opened on Monday, August 27th. For more information on road conditions, please visit WI 511 for urgent alerts and information.