Historic rainfall leaves Madison area under water

Madison (WKOW) –  Hundreds of people are currently stranded in buildings throughout the Middleton area Tuesday morning, according to Police Chief Police Chief Chuck Foulke.

Some areas picked up more than 11 inches of rain.

Dane County officials have declared a state of emergency.

Police are focusing on getting people rescued from stranded cars at this point, Foulke said.

"If people are stranded but safe inside a building and their are no health or emergency issues, that’s a good place to be at this point," Foulke said.

As of 7 a.m., there were about 100 people stuck in the Costco, 100 people stuck in the Fairfield Inn, others stuck at UW Health and other locations.

The Madison Fire Department says they are working to recover the body of a missing man swept away in floods.

Fire officials say three people were in the car. Bystanders were able to pull two out safely, but the third was ripped from the hands of a bystander.

The MFD Lake Rescue Team has been on the scene overnight searching the area.  Dane County Emergency Management, Madison Police Department, and the Dane County Sheriff’s Office are now assisting with the search.

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