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Major Water Problems In The Area

Sioux County, Iowa — With last spring’s flood still fresh in the memories of many Northwest Iowa residents, authorities are concerned over early flooding with the snow-melt and recent rains.

Sioux County Emergency Management Director Nate Huizenga describes the current situation and what the county is doing to help.

River flooding is still a concern as area rivers are rising

He says the rivers are expected to crest Thursday or Friday. The Rock River in Rock Valley has seen recent major flooding, notably last spring, Huizenga says they’re prepared

Authorities are monitoring the entire area, and he cautions drivers.

Along the Big Sioux River in Hawarden, authorities are battling excessive water run-off as well. City Administrator, Mike De Bruin says the river crest isn’t the biggest concern at the moment.

He says crews are doing their best to clear storm water outlets as well as helping residents when they see excess water on a yard that needs to drain. Sioux County Engineer, Doug Julius, is alerting motorists that some county gravel roads have washed out, so those driving need to be extra cautious and vigilant as they drive, especially as it gets dark.

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