Flash Flooding leaves residents stranded, floods basements


National Weather Service Flash Flood Warning for Mahaska County issued at 5:34 am

Oskaloosa is yet again the victim of heavy rainfall. Overnight nearly 8 inches of rain fell causing the Spring Creek River to swell out of its banks and into the homes of residents. Around 4 am Mahaska County 911 became aware of a dangerous situation east of town. Fire fighters were dispatched and upon arriving found 9 persons trapped in houses and on vehicles. Shortly after arriving, firefighters began contacting residents and asking them to provide flat bottom boats for water rescues.

A short time later, the Mahaska County 911 center sounded the Tornado Sirens to alert residents about the fast rising water. Fire Chief Mark Neff reported that in all 17 residents were rescued. After the water rescues, sandbagging began at the Oskaloosa Northeast Water Treatment plant. The plant had experienced major flooding and at one point, officials thought that the main pump would have to be shut off. A couple of smaller pumps were being sent down to Ottumwa for repairs.

Officials said that while the water had receded at the time of the sandbagging, it was being done as a result of the fear of more heavy rains overnight tonight. Neff also reported that a house fire occurred during the water rescues this morning.

Remains of home in wright after early morning fire.

Oskaloosa crews originally dispatched to that fire had to ask another department to take over that call as a result of the ongoing rescues. No injuries were reported and the house was deemed a total loss. Oskaloosa is under a flash flood watch is forecasted to have heavy rains for a third evening in a row.

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2 Comments for “Flash Flooding leaves residents stranded, floods basements”

  1. […] Flash Flood leaves residents stranded, floods basements- August 10th […]

  2. […] by so many in the county. Last years flooding left local residents stranded in their homes when Spring Creek quickly rose out of it’s banks on August 10th of last year. The 4 a.m. call found 9 residents stranded in homes and standing on their vehicles, […]

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