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Wisconsin Dells more fortunate than other areas after Floods of 2008

LAKE DELTON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Dells area has a much-improved Lake Delton after the Floods of 2008 – but other parts of southern Wisconsin were not as fortunate.

The Wisconsin State Journal wrote about the region’s aftermath Sunday, five years to the day after a crumbling road drained Lake Delton and sent five homes down the Wisconsin River.

Lake Delton Village President Tom Diehl, who owns the Tommy Bartlett Water Show on the lake, says the new lake is much better than the old one. The breach removed carp from the water – and a new park and fishing pier have been created.

Meanwhile, Spring Green in Sauk County was hoping for a comeback that never came.

Over $7 million were spent to remove a motel and 14 nearby homes – but the subdivision remains abandoned.

Gays Mills lost about 20 percent of its population after heavy floods hit the Mississippi River community in both 2008 and ’09. Many of those who stayed moved to higher ground, with the help of millions in grants and loans.

Former village president Craig Anderson said Gays Mills dealt with quite a challenge as it lost taxpaying residents – plus the charm of the original village near the river.