Allamakee County Cleaning up After Flash Flooding


By Jay Knoll

ALLAMAKEE COUNTY, Iowa - Thunderstorms brought heavy rains to northeast Iowa Saturday night. Some places saw more than four inches of rain a matter of hours, bringing with it, flash flooding.

One of the hardest hit areas was Allamakee County. Places like Harpers Ferry, Waukon and Lansing. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it removed more than 80 campers from Yellow River State Forest after more than three inches of rain fell there.

Nearly every business along Main Street in Waukon has water in it Sunday night. Authorities said there were cars floating down the street. Dozens of people spent Sunday helping their friends and neighbors clean up from the damage, salvaging what they could. The Allamakee County Sheriff's Office says they responded to multiple calls for water rescues Saturday night, but fortunately no one was injured.

Heavy rains also caused mud slides. A KCRG-TV9 viewer submitted a picture of a home along Highway 52 near Lansing nearly washed away.

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