Spring Storms Soak Mahaska County

John Myers shared this photo of Spring Creek Village on Saturday evening around 6:30 pm

Mahaska County, Iowa – Spring has turned cooler and wet, with rains overwhelming drainage systems along driveways, side streets, gravel roads and highways.

On Saturday evening, the sky opened up, and officially, according to the National Weather Service in Des Moines, Oskaloosa got 2 inches of rain.

Social media photos showed rain gauges filled with 3 to 4, and sometimes more, inches of rain in them.

Mahaska County Emergency Manager Jamey Robinson says rain reports he’s received range from 2 to 5 inches. “I’m getting a lot of reports of 4, which the night before was right around 3. So it takes us to about 7 [inches] so far this weekend.”

“We’ve got areas of flooding I’ve never seen flooded before, like Spring Creek Village. I’ve never seen… I don’t know how that’s even possible out there.”

“Always turn around. Don’t drown,” is the motto that continues to be shared with drivers and others when you come across water on the roadway.

Robinson says that the area is so saturated with water at this point, additional rains will continue to worsen the problem, and areas will continue to flood “and surprise them [drivers]. Be observant, especially when driving in the evening.”

Mahaska remains under a Presidental Disaster Declaration from flooding earlier in the year. Robinson hopes that declaration will continue and aid at the county level for the roads.

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