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Fifth anniversary of massive flooding


LAKE DELTON (WKOW) -- It was an unforgettable scene: five years ago this weekend, Lake Delton disappeared.

Heavy rain caused widespread flooding in June of 2008.

An embankment washed out and Lake Delton drained into the Wisconsin River, taking along some expensive homes on the shore.

A reinforced wall was built, the lake was refilled and most homeowners rebuilt.

"Everything seems back to normal, slowly but surely there's more traffic on the lake, more families coming up. Five years ago you never thought it would get back to where it was. It was like a deserted town," remembers Lake Delton resident Mike Considine.

The 2008 flooding that drained Lake Delton caused a state of emergency to be declared in 31 counties in and around our area.

One town, Gays Mills, moved to higher ground as a result.

The damage total from the flooding and storms that June topped $763 million.

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