User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


74° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Rock Valley Fights Rising Water Levels

June 17, 2014, 5:00 PM by Matt Holsen
Updated: June 17, 2014, 5:48 PM

Rock Valley Fights Rising Water Levels
ROCK VALLEY, IA -

As the water level rises on the creek near Rock Valley, emergency crews, volunteers and residents are rushing to save what homes they can. From sandbags to sand walls, everyone's hoping it will keep the water back and the damage low.

With several homes already taking on water in Rock Valley, the race is on to protect as many others as possible.

"Trying to raise the dike so that we don't have the water going in and save the infrastructure of the city," Dave Van Holland said.

Sioux Center Fire Chief Dave Van Holland is directing volunteers and 200 pieces of equipment.  It's hard to stay ahead of the rising water and this difficult situation has led to tough decisions like having to abandon homes on the western side of the dike so they can save the homes on the other side.

"We had to make a choice; it wasn't easy," Van Holland said.

Jeremy Joffer lives in Rock Valley but his home is not in any danger, so he's been passing out water to volunteers fighting the creek.

"We'll get it. We'll get it. We're not going to quit. We'll get it," Joffer said.

As for the homes that have been abandoned, residents are still doing everything they can.  They're sandbagging window wells and clearing out basements to minimize the impact of the flood.

"We just can't keep up. It's coming up too fast. What do you do? It's part of life. You just pray to God and it's not life. It's personal property. It's not life," Heath Wallenburg said.

It's something everyone keeps reminding themselves as they wait for the water to crest.

As of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, officials say they do not need any more help in Rock Valley.  They are also reminding people to remove water from basements slowly so that the walls do not collapse.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

SF Drug Ring Involved 220 lbs. Of Marijuana

8/27/2014 5:48 PM

Her boyfriend was killed during a botched robbery in December in northwest Sioux Falls. Faith Rasmussen and her mother, Theresa, have now pleaded guil...

Full Story | Watch
SF Mother, Daughter Admit To Large Drug Conspiracy

8/27/2014 10:54 AM

Faith Rasmussen, 21, and her 55-year-old mother Theresa Rasmussen admit they were bringing marijuana from California to South Dakota and distributing ...

Full Story
Lead Woman Pleads Guilty To Having Sex With Child

8/30/2014 11:39 AM

A Lead woman has pleaded guilty to having sex with a 12-year-old boy.

Full Story
Speeding Suspect Arrested For Auto Theft, Other Charges

8/27/2014 10:05 PM

Sioux Falls Police have a man in custody after a driver attempted to elude authorities during a traffic stop.

Full Story
Driver Dies In Cement Truck Crash Near Lake City

8/27/2014 6:25 AM

A Britton man is dead after losing control of the cement truck he was driving.

Full Story


Events