Dane County Flooding - Damage Estimates

September 05, 2018
J. Mclellan 608-267-2542
Emergency Management

This morning, Dane County Emergency Management submitted a formal estimate of damage caused by flooding between August 17 and September 3, 2018 to Wisconsin Emergency Management.  The damage estimate is broken down into three areas; residential, private sector businesses, and public sector (local and county).  The estimate also includes the public sector’s expenses responding to flooding conditions.


Residential damage estimates include:

  • 5 residences destroyed, 302 with major damage, 857 with minor damage, and 380 affected by flooding (1,544 total residences).

  • The estimated dollar amount of damages is $78,287,645 with citizens reporting only 2% of those damages insured.


Business damage estimates include:

  • 17 businesses suffering major damage, 27 with minor damage, and 63 affected by flooding (107 total businesses).

  • The estimated dollar amount of business damages is $37,114,219 with businesses reporting only 2% of those damages insured.

  • Some businesses are still suffering ongoing losses because of the floods.


County and local government damage and expenditure estimates include:

  • $2,278,271 for clearing debris.

  • $949,527 for protective measures (emergency response, sandbagging operations, etc.)

  • $6,961,268 for emergency response and repairs to roadways.

  • $4,935,578 for water control infrastructure (e.g. culverts, water diverting infrastructure).

  • $8,083,341 of loss and expense to public buildings and equipment.

  • $10,246,400 of loss and expense to public utilities.

  • $5,636,849 of damage to parks, recreational facilities, and any other uncategorized loss.

TOTAL Public Sector damage = $39,091,234


“Dane County residents saw historic damage from the flooding,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. “Dane County will continue to work to help residents get the resources they need to recover from this event.”


Dane County Emergency Management Director Charles A. Tubbs, Sr. said “It is important that we recognize the herculean effort of local, county, and state workers, volunteers, and engaged citizens who were part of our community-wide response.  Their work started our recovery process.”


Residences and business across Dane County continue to be affected by the severe storms and flooding.  There are several community based efforts to help victims:


  • The State Bank of Cross Plains

State Bank of Cross Plains is currently accepting donations to the Disaster Recovery Account via check, cash or online. You can deliver your donations in person or via mail to any of their locations or online via the donate button below. Please make out checks to "State Bank of Cross Plains - Disaster Recovery Account."

Donate Online – https://simplecheckout.authorize.net/payment/CatalogPayment.aspx


  • People’s Community Bank

Accepting cash and checks at all six locations. Checks made payable to Mazomanie Area Flood Assistance Fund can also be mailed to The Peoples Community Bank, P.O. Box 8, Mazomanie, WI 53560.


To donate online visit https://www.gofundme.com/mazomanie-area-flood-assistance.