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Flooding Hits West Branch Police, Fire Stations

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WEST BRANCH, Iowa — Quick-rising floodwaters took over both the West Branch police and fire stations Monday night.

Fire chief Kevin Stoolman said officials started watching the water rise outside the building at about 7 p.m., By midnight, about a foot of water stood inside.

“Everyone went to work, just trying to get things propped up and moved out,” Stoolman said.

Both stations are housed in the same building near downtown. A nearby creek overran its banks, leading to the flash flood, Stoolman said.

Volunteer firefighters were able to move fire trucks to higher ground before the water filled the building.

Police chief Mike Horihan said the police department sustained damaged carpet and drywall. Horihan planned to help rip out some of the damaged carpet today.

Insurance agents are meeting with both chiefs today to discuss further cleanup. There is no damage estimate at this time.

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