Galena Faces Flood Damage After 13.5 Inches Of Rainfall

By Addison Speck, Reporter

GALENA, Illinois - It wasn't just Iowa that saw heavy rains on Wednesday night. Galena Illinois, east of Dubuque, also saw severe weather. The National Weather Service reported 13.5 inches of rain that fell Wednesday night into Thursday morning in Galena.

Nathan Bochnaik, of Galena, expects clean up is to take awhile. "I remember back in 1993, I was still pretty young, the water got high but not this high," Bochnaik said.

Many people in the area spent most of Thursday trying to figure out what they lost. Kim Halstead, of Galena, helped clean out his daughters apartment. "She lost a lot of movies, a lot of games, and a couple electronic items. They were just kind of going out with the flow," Halstead said.

Describing how much water filled the city was hard for many residents to explain. "It was terrible that is for sure," Halstead said. Deborah Davis, of Galena, woke up to her home filling with water. "It was devastating. Unreal. It was kind of like a bad nightmare," Davis said.

Bochniak said his entire street was flooded, so he paddled up and down it all night trying to help out neighbors."I never thought in a million years i'd be going up and down my street in a boat," Bochniak said. Halstead said all he could see was the top of his daughters car. "You couldn't drive through here, it was just too deep," Halstead said.

For some, the only thing that could be done was to wait for the water to be pumped out of their homes."When you get that much rain there's nowhere for it to go but in," Davis said. She was trying to bring as many of her items outside to dry on Thursday. "What do you do? You hope and pray that nobody got hurt. Everything is replaceable but my pictures," Davis said.

But even though most the water disappeared, a lot of damage still remains. Davis said her heart goes out to those who lost anything, or has any damage.

As of Thursday, emergency management was advising people to stay away from Galena if possible. They did not have a total cost of damage at that time. If you need assistance, you can contact the Red Cross.
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