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ZEARING FLOODS: Apartment Evacuated

Posted on: 9:49 pm, May 26, 2013, by , updated on: 10:20pm, May 26, 2013

An apartment building was evacuated Saturday afternoon in Zearing, Story County, after it and several fields were flooded.

The road through the middle of town was underwater Sunday evening, as well as a horse pasture, the baseball fields and the city park.

Residents say this is the worst flooding they’ve seen for over two decades. Now residents could be out of their apartments for a period of time.

“My thought was, you know, it couldn’t really have been that bad. When it rains, you know, it hasn’t really done this before,” said resident, Dena Kenworthy. “We don’t know what we’re going to do.”

Nearly 8 feet of water rushed through the center of town.

apartment floodedNeighbors we spoke to had three to four inches of water in their basement. Residents were forced to evacuate their homes.

They were then relocated to the town’s community center but that had water inside too.

The flash flood caught safety personnel off guard. The fire marshal was trapped on a bridge while people had to rescue the horses in the nearby pastures.

Residents say the rain came down heavy and fast. The flooding only took about 30 minutes.

“It was raining so hard that you couldn’t see across the road,” Brad Jenke said. “They could have gone fishing of their deck.”

By late evening Sunday, the water had gone down a couple of feet and the roads were reopened.

Another storm has been forcasted for Sunday night so the town is bracing for even more flooding.

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