Major Flooding in Siouxland Area
SIOUXLAND — Monday's storms caused plenty of problems in the Siouxland areaPerry Creek flooded in the early hours but by 8:30 it had lowered a little bit. The creek crested at about 4:45 this morning, but four hours later the water was still pretty high and moving pretty fast. There was a lot of debris like tree branches flowing downstream. The Woodbury County Joint Emergency Management team will be monitoring area rivers this week, but don't expect flooding of either the Floyd or Missouri Rivers. One of the areas hit hardest by the torrential rains we've received since Saturday is Rock Valley. Hundreds of people gathered there today to sand bag in hopes of stemming the overflow from the Rock River. More than 50 homes have been affected, and 70 people took advantage of a Red Cross shelter last night. People downstream in Hawarden are also sandbagging as both the Rock River and the Big Sioux are expected to flood. Governor Branstad has issued a disaster proclamation for Cedar, Lyon, Plymouth, Pocahontas and Sioux counties. The governor will survey the damage in Lyon and Sioux counties tomorrow, with the tour beginning in Rock Rapids at about 11:30 a.m.