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Des Moines west fork to crest Tuesday night

June 23, 2014
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

The Des Moines west fork is predicted to crest at 12.1 feet Tuesday night, reaching West South First Street and West North First Street in Estherville.

Emmet County Emergency Management Director Terry Reekers said area residents will have to monitor the situation. He said School Section Creek on Valley Drive might also cause residents there some problems.

Reekers anticipated no problems in Wallingford where major flooding happened last Thursday after six inches of reain fell in less than two hours, dumping water from the hills to the west onto the community.

Reekers also noted lots of washouts on gravel roads after last weeks rains.

Reekers said Emmet County had inadvertently been left out of Gov. Terry Branstad's disaster declaration last Friday. He said he had called after it was announced that Dickinson, Palo Alto and Kossuth counties were named in the declaration but that Emmet County was left out. He said he was told the county would later be included, allowing lower-income persons to get grants up to $5,000 for repairs from damages caused by last week's storms. Reekers anticipates that in the next two to three months there will be a Presidential disaster declaration for all of northwest Iowa.

A tornado was also reported in the northwest part of the county a week ago Monday and Doppler radar indicated a tornado near Terril last Thursday.

Reekers said hail and standing water damaged crops last week and that river bottom grazing ground was also flooded.



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