Floodwaters Hit Olin From An Unexpected Source

By Dave Franzman, Reporter

OLIN, Iowa — Residents of Olin are cleaning up today a round of flash flooding in the Jones County community.

Emergency Management officials say roads are still covered this midday after creeks in the area hit historic levels,

Some people in Olin say the water is higher than it’s been before and getting in homes it never did before, including the big flood year of 2008.

But it’s different. The problem before always was the nearby Wapsipinicon River, and now it’s not. The water overnight came from flash flood and the usually tiny Walnut Creek.

Some residents here said they never saw water in their homes when the Wapsi flooded, but they are now. In fact, many here believe the creek is higher than it’s ever been before.

Town leaders say at least a half dozen homes are under water now, and the fire department in Olin had to go out by boat and bring in a number of people who were cut off.

There was also at least one water rescue from a vehicle along Highway 151 south of Monticello when flash flooding washed over the roadway for a time.

Things could get worse in Olin when the Wapsipinicon River reaches beyond flood stage later this week. That’s the next potential crisis with a crest now predicted in Anamosa for Thursday.

While the water is already up in places in Olin, the town is making sandbags to protect other property that’s more in danger when the river itself rises.

They have issued a call for volunteers to help protect Olin, both making and placing sandbags. Those able to assist should go to a city shop at 308 Wall Street, or simply come to Olin and ask anyone where to go help.

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