NEI Residents Starting to Clean Up After Flooding [Photos]
Authorities have now released the name of a man who died in the floodwaters in Northeast Iowa.
77 year old Albert Gott of rural Sumner, had called 911 on his cell phone early Wednesday, telling authorities he had climbed on top of the roof of his pickup to escape the rising water on Union Avenue in rural Chickasaw County. Gott was apparently on his way to work.
The flash flood pushed his pickup into a ditch, where Gott was then able to climb on the roof of the vehicle and call authorities.
Rescue workers found his vehicle near Lawler, but no one was inside.
Gott's body was later found Wednesday afternoon, between Lawler and Protivin.
Meanwhile, a flood warning continues for the Turkey River in Elkader until Saturday evening. The flood stage is 12 feet, and it is forecast to rise to nearly 25 feet this afternoon.
The Turkey is also threatening Garber and Elkport.
In Bremer County, the flooding Wapsipinicon River prompted the evacuation of Alcock Park in Frederika. Some roads remain under water.
Numerous rural roads in Allamakee County are closed, but the State Highway 76 bridge, over the Upper Iowa, is now open to traffic.
In hard hit Winneshiek County, residents who evacuated Freeport may go back to their homes, as long as they don't have to cross any water-covered roads. The Sheriff is asking that people who do not live in the area, to stay away so that residents can get to work cleaning up as the Upper Iowa is now receding.
Meals are being provided at Citizens Savings Bank in Spillville, as well as portable restrooms.
Flood damaged items, such as appliances and water heaters, may be taken to the Recycling Center in Freeport; furniture, carpet, and similar items should be dropped off at the Recycling Center, or the Oneota Community Coop Parking lot.