For those of you who don't know, the
Then, in the ironic and extraordinarily detrimental twist, the lake managed to snake its way around the dam. In effect, the water cut its own channel around the dam, eventually leading to the entire lake basically being drained off all its water.
Said Sauk County emergency management director Jeff Jelinek:
"Up from the dam the lake just got so much pressure and so much water it went over the banks to the river and started making its own channel," Jelinek said. "As the water started exiting the lake, it made its own channel. It went across Highway A and as it got wider it took three homes with it."From the Milwaukee Journal (hope that above link works) the guy who runs the
"We haven't had a show since Friday," Diehl said in a telephone interview. "We canceled Saturday and Sunday because of high water," he said. "Today, we're canceling because of no water."Diehl Continued:
"Last night you could have looked at our stage and the water was four feet above our stage. We have nothing but mud in front of us now. No water. Just mud," Diehl said.Wish I could think of a funny joke or something to sum up what happened, but, I don't think there is anything funny here. If you read the whole article you will note that some houses were swept away with the water, a big chunk of highway was washed away, and millions of dollars in damage was caused.
As a skier and someone who has been lucky enough to see a
Update: The article we linked to in this post is being continually updated with news and reports, keep clicking on it for updates
Update 2: From Madison.Com, it appears that this problem will be or is having a domino effect as thousands of people appear to have to be evacuated down river.
Update 3: Both sites have pretty captivating (if thats the right word) photo galleries of the damage. Journal Sentinal Madison.Com
Update 4: The Minneapolis Star Tribune says that more dams are in danger.
Update 5: Ugh....depressing video. Dang.