Thursday, August 8, 2019

Nearly a year after the storm in Middleton, the new normal at Woodside Heights Park is minor flooding after a moderate rainfall


Much of the field is now a bog.

Photo by Retiring Guy

Related reading (It's-the-same-all-over edition):
Ongoing Jordan Lake flooding causes headaches for rural Adams County.  (Madison.com, 8/6/2019)
No mention of the level of the groundwater table.   The issues are most prominent in the Widow Green Drainage District. None of the traditional means for alleviating flooding tried by local landowners have helped and some even have made the problem worse. Pegler, who also serves as chairman of the Adams County Lake Alliance, said when residents on one side of the lake attempted to put sandbags down, water shifted to the other side and became even more overwhelming there.\ 
Water in the lake, which has no natural outlet, has been 14 feet or more above normal levels. The public pier has been under water and flooding has extended between homes near the lake, stretching to Fur Drive and beyond. As of July 31, it was encroaching once more. Any rainfall that gathers in the area results in more overflow.
Oregon neighborhood contends with flooding as ground water remains high.  (WKOW, 8/6/2019)
It's the groundwater table, Adams County.  According to Jeff Rau, the Oregon Public Works director, all this water is a symptom of an issue impacting the entire village. 
“The groundwater table is the highest we’ve ever really seen on record,” he said. Rau said that’s due to the heavy rainfall the Madison area has faced over the past several years. 
He said it’s been on an upward trend and last year’s record rain hit the low-lying village of Oregon particularly hard.

7/12/2019 update, "Nearly 11 months after the storm in Middleton, the new normal appears to be a prairie park (Woodside Heights Park edition)", starts here.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

General view
Photos by Retiring Guy

Panoramic view


4/11/2019 update, "Approaching 8 months after the storm in Middleton:  Is this the new normal?", starts here.

Tuesday, April, 9, 2019
Photo and video by Retiring Guy



Thursday, March 14, 2019.  Rapid snow melt floods path.
Photo by Retiring Guy

With rain and spring thaw on the way, Dane County waterways safely below flood stage, authorities say.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 3/13/2019)
Although other areas of the state could see more substantial water problems, flooding in the Dane County and Madison area should be limited to urban flooding, according to the Dane County Department of Emergency Management.

Friday, December 7, 2018.  What was once water is now ice.  Walk like a penguin.
Photos by Retiring Guy

Saturday, November 11.  (The paved path is now accessible, although there is still a risk of getting your shoes muddy.)


Wednesday, October 31.  (Most of Tiedeman Pond extension is gone. Not much more than a big puddle right now.)

Wednesday, October 17.  (The back of a park bench reveals itself.)


Monday, October 8 (leaves are changing but water is not receding)
After the storm in Middleton (and Madison) posts:
August 2018
Pheasant Branch Trail at Park Street (part 2).  (8/21/2018)
Powerwashing between the Beltline and Parmenter Street.  (8/22/2018)
Along Pheasant Branch Creek east of Parmenter Street.  (8/23/2018)
Costco and environs.  (8/23/2018 update)
Entrance to Esser Place parking lot, then and now.  (8/24/2018)
Longmeadow Drive and Stricker's Pond, then and now.  (8/24/2018)
Greenway Station is open for business.  (8/24/2018 update)
Views of Pheasant Branch Creek from Parmenter Street bridge.  (8/25/2018 update)
Intersection of U.S. highway 14 and Deming Way.  (8/27/2018 update)
Century Avenue and entrances to Pheasant Branch Conservancy trails.  (8/27/2018)
UW Health administration office building.  (8/27/2018)
Longmeadow Gulch.  (8/28/2018)

September 1-15, 2018
Stricker's Park.  (9/4/2018 update)
Flooding in East Washington/East Mifflin area of Madison.  (9/7/2018)
The dual dead ends of Middleton Street.  (9/10/2018 update)
Stricker's Pond footpath.  (9/11/2018 update)
Confluence Pond expands to become Confluence Lake (and back again).  (9/12/2018 update)
Stricker's Pond.  (9/12/2018 update)
Pheasant Branch Creek algae bloom.  (9/15/2018)
Tiedeman Pond access at Pond View Road.  (9/15/2018 update)

September 16-30, 2018
Pheasant Branch Trail at Park Street (part 1).  (9/17/2018 update)
Pheasant Branch Conservancy trail and bridge.  (9/17/2018)
Pheasant Branch Conservancy just north of Century and Branch.  (9/17/2018)
Voss Parkway.  (9/18/2018 update)
Tiedeman Pond pumping.  (9/19/2018 update)
Boardwalk access ramp to Tiedeman Pond.  (9/19/2018 update)
Woodside Heights Park.  (9/21/2018 update)
Moving into the 6th week after the storm in Middleton (The Tiedeman Pond doubleheader edition).  (9/24/2018)
Moving into the 6th week after the storm in Middleton (The Stricker's Pond doubleheader edition).  (9/24/2018)
Moving into the 6th week after the storm in Middleton and Madison: Stricker's Pond discharge helps to lower water level.  (9/28/2018)

October 1-15, 2018
Seven weeks after the storm in Middleton (The Park Street/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (10/10/2018)
Seven weeks after the storm (The Woodside Heights Park/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (10/10/2018)
Seven weeks after the storm in Middleton and Madison (The Stricker's Pond edition).  (10/10/2018)

October 16-31, 2018
Two months after the storm in Middleton (Woodside Heights Park/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (10/18/2018)
Two months after the storm in Middleton (Stricker's Pond edition).  (10/18/2018)
Two months after the storm in Middleton (Pond View Road/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (10/18/2018)

Two months after the storm in Middleton: Woodside Heights Park access to Tiedeman Pond trail.  (10/22/2018)
10 weeks after the storm in Middleton (Pond View Road/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (10/31/2018)

November 2018
Ten weeks after the storm in Middleton: More of the Tiedeman Pond boardwalk reappears.  (11/1/2018)
Ten weeks after the storm in Middleton: Access path from Woodside Heights Park to South Avenue now fully open.  (11/4/2018)
Nearly 3 months after the storm in Middleton: Park Street/Tiedeman Pond edition.  (11/11/2018)
Nearly three months after the storm in Middleton: Woodside Heights Park access to Tiedeman Pond trail.  (11/13/2018)
Three months later, the Pheasant Branch Corridor trail has reopened (Parmenter to Park edition).  (11/20/2018)
Three months later, the Pheasant Branch Corridor trail has reopened (Park to Century edition).  (11/26/2018)

December 2018
Nearly 4 months after the storm in Middleton, washout damage to Voss Parkway repaired.  (12/7/2018)

March 2019
The following spring after the storm in Middleton: Rapid snow melt floods the path again.  (3/15/2019)
The following spring after the storm in Middleton (Stricker's Pond edition).  (3/15/2019)
The following spring after the storm in Middleton (Voss Parkway storm sewer edition).  (3/15/2019)

April 2019
Approaching 8 months after the storm in Middleton: Is this the new normal? (Tiedeman Pond   (4/11/2019)
Approaching 8 months after the storm in Middleton: Is this the new normal? (Woodside Heights Park edition).  (4/11/2019)
Approaching 8 months after the storm in Middleton: Once again, the Stricker's Pond walking path is accessible, back to normal.  (4/12/2019)
8 months after the storm in Middleton: Water tiedemanlevel drops at Tiedeman Pond (Accessiible ramp edition).  (4/26/2019)
8 months after the storm in Middleton: A platform bench has become unmoored (Tiedeman Pond benchmark edition).  (4/26/2019)
The "lectern" is gone 8 months after the storm in Middleton (Park Street/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (4/26/2019)

May 2019
Tiedeman Pond boardwalk: The flooding last August and the continuing damage done.  (5/14/2019)
9 months after the storm in Middleton WI the Tiedeman Pond boardwalk is accessible.  (5/22/2019)

July 2019
Approaching 11 months after the storm in Middleton: This is the new normal (Stricker's Park as an extension of Stricker's Pond).  (7/11/2019)
UPDATE. Woodside Heights Park to get new playground equipment.  (7/11/2019)

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