Elkader Slammed By Floods

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

Tools

By Katie Wiedemann

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.

Conversation Guidelines

Be Kind

Don't use abusive, offensive, threatening, racist, vulgar or sexually-oriented language.
Don't attack someone personally. Keep it civil and be responsible.

Share Knowledge

Be truthful. Share what you know and what you are passionate about.
What more do you want to learn? Keep it simple.

Stay focused

Promote lively and healthy debate. Stay on topic. Ask questions and give feedback on the story's topic.

Report Trouble

Help us maintain a quality comment section by reporting comments that are offensive. If you see a comment that is offensive, or you feel violates our guidelines, simply click on the "x" to the far right of the comment to report it.


read the full guidelines here »

Commenting will be disabled on stories dealing with the following subject matter: Crime, sexual abuse, property fires, automobile accidents, Amber Alerts, Operation Quickfinds and suicides.

facebook twitter rss mobile google plus
email alerts you tube hooplanow pinterest instagram

What's On KCRG