Governor Branstad Tours Waukon Following Flash Flooding

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

Debris from Waukon resident Clarence Henry Jr. and his wife Lois' home lays near the sidewalk as they tell their flood story as Brandstad tours flood-damaged areas in the northeast Iowa city Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Waukon, Iowa. The Henrys have lived in Waukon for 32 years, which was flooded with 3.5 to four feet of water. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette-KCRG)


By Aaron Hepker

WAUKON, Iowa - Governor Terry Branstad was in Waukon Tuesday morning touring damage caused by flash flooding over the weekend.

The flooding caused significant damage to businesses located on First and Main Streets, including Cunningham's Hardware Store where the flooding caused an estimated $3 million damage.

Homeowners said water was waist deep early Sunday morning. Residents say more than 5" of rain fell on the area, causing the flooding.

Governor Branstad said the damage is much worse than he expected. On Monday, the Governor declared the Waukon a state disaster area. Branstad is now seeking a federal disaster declaration.

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