City Officals:Water is safe for now

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Oskaloosa City Manager Michael Schrock says that residents should not be concerned about water contamination. City officials called a press conference earlier today to update citizens on the status of the Oskaloosa water system. Officials stated that the flooding has not jeopardized the drinking water and that it is safe at this time. “The city’s water services are up and operational. While there are concerns about continued flooding in the area, there are no plans to shut the city’s water system off.”

They also reported on the current flood stage of the South Skunk River. “Current river levels are at 24.23′ as of 4:30 pm and holding steady. The current prediction for the next few days is to hold steady or rise slightly. We currently anticipate a peak of 25’6″ and this will not affect the city’s water services.”

They also went on to comment about our current weather forecast and how the forecasted rainfall could affect the city’s water. “The city and emergency responders are closely monitoring the potential storm activity predicted for Friday and this weekend. Severe rain of 4-6″ could hit Oskaloosa this weekend and result in flash flooding that would pose a threat to the water services, property and lives.”

At this time, Oskaloosa is under a flash flood watch. The national weather service predicts that 4 to 6 inches of rain could affect Oskaloosa. Record flooding would be likely if this were to occur. City officials would ask that you please reserve calls to 911 for emergencies only.

You can find the latest information on the flooding situation and the latest road closures at or by contacting Mahaska County Emergency Management Coordinator Jamey Robinson at 641.672.1209.

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