Tuesday News, May 28
Dive Operations Team And Fire Department Rescue Elderly Couple From Flood Waters
(Le Mars) -- Heavy weekend rains have caused both the Floyd River and Willow Creek to crest above flood stage on Monday, creating numerous problems for residents, and city officials. The Floyd River rose to nearly 24 feet which is about nine feet above flood stage. The river crested at about 11:00 a.m. Monday, and shortly thereafter the Plymouth County Dive Operations Team along with the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department were called to rescue an elderly couple after flood waters had penetrated their home, cutting them off from the main road. Ray and Stephanie Luecke of 34795 Highway 3 East reside in a log cabin home near the Lakeside Motel. According to Ray, the flood waters rose quickly.
Luecke describes the scene when the flood waters had surrounded his home.
Rescue workers rescued Stephanie first, then Ray, who because of his handicap, was carried out in a stokes rescue basket by fire officials and dive team members. The American Red Cross was called to offer housing assistance for the stranded couple.
Several County Roads Closed Due To Flooding
(Le Mars) -- The Floyd River and Willow Creek caused several roads, including Marble Avenue, to be closed as flood waters overflowed the banks. Residents living in the Willow Creek Addition was cut off from the town for several hours because of the high waters. The Union Pacific and Chicago Northern Railroads were temporarily shut down when flood waters went over the rail lines. City officials were also busy over the holiday weekend evacuating campers from the Municipal Park before flood waters would over take the grounds. Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper says several city officials monitored the rising waters throughout the long weekend.
City Officials Work Together To Stop Flooding Waters At Airport
(Le Mars) -- On Monday afternoon and into Monday evening the focus for city officials turned to the Le Mars airport when a berm was breached compromising the airport's facilities. Personnel from the city water department, public works department, fire department, and airport manager Earl Draayer worked together to protect the airport hangers. Nearly a thousand feet of the airport's runway was under water,and more water was rushing toward the facilities. Airport officials, volunteers, and aircraft owners assisted moving planes away from the hangers to temporary storage facilities. Public Works Superintendent, Steve Hansen and Fire Chief Schipper explain the strategy used to get the excess water away from the airport.
Plymouth County Deals With Floyd River Flooding
(Le Mars) -- The problems were not limited to only Le Mars, but in fact impacted areas throughout the entire Plymouth county. Northbound Highway 75, near Merrill, was shut down at about 8:15 p.m. when flood waters had flowed on to the highway. Plymouth County Emergency Management Director Gary Junge offers an overview of the flooding problems in Plymouth County.
Cherokee County Contends With Little Sioux River Flooding
(Cherokee) -- Flooding problems have also affected counties to the east of Plymouth County. Cherokee County officials have indicated due to the large rainfall, several of the county roads are either partially or completely submerged. Additionally, many bridges have been affected, with some destroyed or severely damaged. The Little Sioux River at Cherokee crested at record levels on Monday and access to the city of Cherokee is severely limited. Officials are urging people if you do not need to travel on roads near the city of Cherokee, please avoid Cherokee. The Cherokee County Sheriff's office does not recommend travel on any roads in Cherokee County at this time. Additionally, do not drive through any water covering a roadway or bridge, as it may be washed away. If roads are barricaded, please do not go around the barricade.
Cherokee Rural Water Association Urges Customers To Conserve Water
(Cherokee) -- Due to several creek crossing wash outs, all Cherokee Rural Water customers must immediately conserve water. Your are asked to contact your neighbor. At this point, officials don't know how long the conservation measure will be implemented.
Buena Vista Authorities Rescue Driver From Flash Flood Waters
(Storm Lake) -- Buena Vista county officials received a 9-1-1 call on Sunday from a driver of a pickup who had been swept off the roadway and was in the ditch trapped in the vehicle with water pouring into the pickup. Buena Vista County Sheriff's office and the Aurelia Fire Department responded to the scene which was about a half mile north of Highway 3 on county road M-27, northwest of Alta. An Aurelia resident with an airboat was contacted and responded to the scene to assist with the rescue. The 18 year old female driver was removed from the vehicle and safely brought to land where she was treated and released with no apparent injuries.