Elkader Slammed By Floods
By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter
Elkader - Sandbags were no match for the raging Turkey River in Elkader.
Volunteers tried to stop the water from bursting into the downtown area, but had no luck.
Flood waters have taken over the lower part of the downtown area, leaving a huge mess for people who live and work in that area.
The flood came as a big shock to the people of Elkader.
It doesn't matter what other plans these people had today. It doesn't matter if they haven't lived here in years.
It seems anyone with a connection to Elkader is there, doing the dirty work.
Meghan Stannard said, "Since the flood hit it’s just kind of going to help wherever you can."
Volunteers sand-bagged the downtown area expecting the Turkey River to crest at 23 point 8 feet. But then the unthinkable happened. This river crested at a record high of 30 point nine feet.
The sandbags were no match for the river's fury.
Dave Wilke said, "There on their 3rd dump truck full of stuff coming out of here."
Iowa's oldest family-run grocery store is taking a huge hit from the unexpected flood.
On Monday night flood came pouring in to Wilke's Grocery Store. The water came up at least mid-thigh height that means everything on the bottom two shelves is completely gone."
Sara Helle said, "Just taking food from the first level and throwing it into piles, the floor is just covered in mud."
Fresh produce, milk, cheese eggs, even computers. Dave Wilke is not sure how much the business has lost and how they will be able to recover.
Wilke says this could be the end of a 141 year family tradition.
Wilke said, "We’ve got to sit down and assess exactly what they dollar totals are that will go into it and we're going to have to sit down as a family and decide."
One thing he can count on right now...is the essential help from his friends.
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