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Still Cleaning Up Two Weeks After Flash Flooding In Lowden, IA


     Cleanup continues two weeks after flash flooding rushed through parts of Cedar County. In Lowden, several homes and businesses were impacted. The county's emergency management coordinator is planning an informational meeting for those people this week.     
     About 6.25 inches of rain fell in about 6 hours in Lowden, Iowa on June 24th. Right in the path of the flash flooding that followed was Steve Gottschalk's home.
     "The firemen come and rescued me from a boat from the front porch and the water was already on the front porch too," said Gottschalk.
     In the last couple of weeks he's cleared out ruined furniture and other things. There's mold growing on the walls and, because of structural damage, the home may be a total loss. But he says he's picking up the pieces.
     "It's been a lot of work. A lot of hours last week hauling my personal possessions out of here and storing it and finding a place to live," added Gottschalk.
     The water's impact still shows at other homes nearby with lines of trash thrown out, and mud covering things in yards. An agriculture retail company is back in business after having to stop fertilizing operations for about ten days. There's still some cleanup happening around the shops where the flooding reached several feet high and even damaged some of the equipment.
     Kirk Steinke, the Lowden Public Works Director, says it was the worst flash flooding anyone here can remember. But the response of city crews and volunteers have helped. The next step is to see if disaster assistance is available and what residents need to know if they will be eligible.
     "What you should do or keep receipts, picture taking if it does go to a disaster most of the people I've talked to, no body had flood insurance," said Steinke.
     Area residents impacted by flash flooding can attend the meeting with the Cedar County Emergency Management Coordinator on Wednesday at 6:30 at the American Legion in Lowden.
     County road Y-14 near Lowden is still blocked off and could be for a while. The flooding took out part of a bridge and crews will have to redirect the shifted creek bank. Permits with the DNR and Corps of Engineers are needed so it could be one to three months before it re-opens.
     Progress is being made on Big Rock Road just South of Wheatland. The culvert was washed away in that same storm. Crews have be backfilling the gap and shoulders work is next. The detour has been sending drivers about six miles around, but the hope is to have it back open by this weekend.


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