Flooding in Northeast Iowa After More than 7 Inches of Rain Falls

Decorah flooding. (KWWL)

Decorah flooding. (KWWL)

WINNESHIEK COUNTY, Iowa — Widespread flooding in northeast Iowa is causing major problems with roads cut off, schools cancelled, and emergency crews working to free trapped flood victims.

More than 7 inches of rain fell overnight in some areas. The National Weather Service says as of 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, 7.19 inches fell in Decorah.

According to KWWL, crews in Chickasaw County are searching for a man believed to have been swept away in floodwaters early Wednesday morning. They say the man was on his way to work, north of Lawler, when his vehicle went into the ditch.

Freeport, a small community in Winneshiek County just east of Decorah, is being evacuated because of flooding of the Upper Iowa River. A trailer park in in Fort Atkinson, also in Winneshiek County was also being evacuated.

In Spillville the Turkey River is experiencing record flooding. A bridge through town is dry, but a firefighter tells KWWL there are worries it will eventually flood.

Crews in Lansing had to rescue an elderly couple from a cabin surrounded by water Wednesday morning.