Parts of Northeast Iowa Flooded After Storm

Posted at: 05/20/2013 7:29 AM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- North Iowa was hit hard by weekend storms, with some areas seeing upwards of seven inches.

Just before 11:00 p.m. Sunday night, Highway 218 north and south of St. Ansgar was closed. Officials at the scene say the ditches along that highway are about 8-9 feet deep. They were full of floodwaters.

"Sirens went off at about 4:00," said Stacyville resident Julene Mueller. From there, the rain was almost endless, ditches, farmland, even roads were swallowed by flood waters.

"Just about every road we've been on, there's water across all of them," said Mitchell County Worker Larry Wolff. He was just north of St Ansgar. "We are out of barricades so I don't know what we're going to do," he said.

At the edge of Stacyville tractors were underwater, but it only got worse as you drove into town. "I mean 2008 was bad but this is worse," said Mueller.

Floodwaters continued to run through the heart of Stacyville. "I've never seen roads closed like we saw today. I mean, you couldn't get out of town, you couldn't get into town, you couldn't get from one end of town to the other end of town," said Mueller.

Residents there were still helping their neighbors late into the night. "Yep, helping out everybody we can," said Mueller.

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