The following message was sent by the UW–Madison Office of the Chancellor on August 24, 2018:
Dane County continues to deal with the effects of widespread flooding, with additional rain in the forecast for the coming weekend. UW-Madison expects to operate normally and the campus itself has been largely unaffected, though many employees have been impacted by the flooding in the broader community.
This message is designed to provide employees information about traffic, parking, local flood recovery and human resources.
First and foremost, please continue to use caution while driving. Do not attempt to drive through flooded streets.
Traffic: Additional water from storms on Friday and predicted storms early next week will add to already high lake volumes, leading to additional road closures on the east side of the Isthmus and around the Yahara River. This willcontinue to affect bus routes, traffic patterns, and commuting times, especially from the east.
All are advised to approach the UW campus from the south or west, with Park Street from U.S. Highway 12/18 (the Beltline) being a recommended alternate route.
Parking: Should water levels rise further, flooding may occur in areas along and near Lake Mendota. This may affect campus road access and parking areas next week. At this time, no campus roads have been closed. Lot 129 by Picnic Point is temporarily closed. Signage and barricades will be posted near affected areas should any large scale closures be needed.
Flood Recovery Resources: Resources are available for flood recovery, including a multiagency resource center open1-7 p.m. Friday, August 24 at Mazomanie Elementary School, 314 Anne St. and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday August 25th at Blackhawk Church, 9620 Brader Way, Middleton. Sandbags and other preparation and cleanup resources are also available through the City of Madison.
Human Resources Information: UW-Madison plans to continue normal operations and employees should report to work, unless advised otherwise.
UW employees are advised to use discretion and caution regarding their health and safety and travel. An employee who reasonably determines that it is not safe to travel will not be subject to discipline for being absent.
Supervisors are expected to honor reasonable requests of employees to arrive late or to leave early because of inclement weather, including the need to deal with flooding issues at home. Employees are expected to notify their supervisors if they cannot report to work or will report late. If you have a question, contact your supervisor or HR representative.