S: Lake Koshkonog
FC: A Summer Scare
1: By: Molly Walsh
2: Lake Koshkonog
4: This is my story of very memorable event. It all started in the spring of 2008 at our cottage in Fort Atkinson. The event I'm referring to is one biggest floods our state has ever been through.
5: MAKING MEMORIES
6: FAMILY | Our family's cottage has been in our family since I was one. We spend most our summers enjoying the lake with friends and family. However, this year was different. After the large amount of rain we spent all of the summer helping neighbors and saving our cottage.
9: Friends Make Every Day A Party | Since the lake is fed by the Rock River we were used to having some flooding from year to year. When the rain started in spring no one ever imagined the how much water we would receive that year. We new we were in trouble when the county gave empty sand bags and sand to protect the homes around the lake.
10: We also started to receive reports from local officials on how high the water would rise before it would start to recede. As the water started to rise the sandbagging started. This is when neighbors, friends, and family all came together.
12: United | Our neighbors' shed was completely immersed in water and had collapsed.
14: When we finished filling the sandbags, and stacking them, we had to keep them from falling over from the waves. Our cottage was on hire ground by just a few feet so we spent a lot of time assisting our neighbors.
17: Sandbagging was one of the most physical jobs I have ever done. Our whole neighborhood had become concerned because while the water continued to rise, it started to flood the forest witch caused all the animals to retreat onto our land.
19: Unfortunately, when this was happening Black Hawk Island, a small island to the right of our land, was already five in a half feet under water. It use to be a beautiful campground and trailer park but now it was filled with debris.
20: One of our neighbors the Payson's had over five thousand bags completely around their house. The bags were stacked five feet high. They also had to run pumps continually from flooding their house.
22: As for our house, the water had already washed our garden away and the waves were splashing against our shed that was ten feet away from our house. We had two sump pumps running to prevent water from filling our basement.
23: When the water was at its worse it was within a foot of our house. Over the next couple of weeks the water continued to recede.
24: As the water retreated back into to the lake, it took a lot of dirt with it but left behind debris. This included T.V., twigs, books, and trees. We had many months of cleaning.
25: We had to resupply the dirt that had been washed away from our land.
26: The one thing the flood didn't take was the unity and teamwork we had learned.We grew stronger over those few months. Once again teamwork had got the job done. That was a summer I would never forget.