Gov. Branstad Visits Flooded Northwest Iowa Towns

LYON COUNTY, Iowa — Gov. Terry Branstad has issued disaster proclamations for five Iowa counties due to heavy rain and strong storms this week. Much of the damage in far northwest Iowa where up to 10 inches of rain fell.

Branstad toured the areas in Lyon and Sioux counties Wednesday affected by major flooding.

The Rock River went way out of its banks this week. Retired school teacher Dorothy Inderwisch of Rock Rapids says she had never seen the water this high.  As she was cleaning Wednesday morning she got a visit from the governor and Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management director Mark Schouten.

A number of homes and businesses in Rock Rapids were affected and the town’s water treatment plant was knocked out.

The governor is also visiting nearby Rock Valley to find out how the State of Iowa can help

“It’s really sad to see the huge muddy mess. The homeowners have to pick up and damage to crops and businesses, very sad. The good news is we have had no loss of life like they have had some other places,” says Branstad.

State officials will continue to total up the damage in northwest Iowa to determine whether the area would qualify for a Presidential disaster declaration.