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IA flooding widespread

While Iowa's tornado damage got more national news coverage, its flood damage is far more widespread.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | May 24, 2004


"We are hoping for and expecting a federal declaration."

—Kara Berg


While Iowa's tornado damage got national news coverage, its flood damage is far more widespread, said Kara Berg, public affairs specialist with Iowa Division of Emergency Management.

As of Monday morning, 17 counties had received state disaster declarations, and 16 of them were facing flood disasters. "Only one county has tornado damage. I am not sure why that's receiving all the press coverage."

The worst flooding was in Clayton County, in the northeast portion of the state, particularly in the towns of Elkport, Garber and Elkader. Mason City, in north-central Iowa, also had significant flood damage.

"We are hoping for and expecting a federal declaration," said Berg.

Clayton County suffered flood damage a few years back, she said, adding that while most people were insured, many were underinsured.

"And we're expecting more rain tonight," she said.

The Cedar River was rising above flood stage Sunday after up to five inches of rain fell in the area.

The American Red Cross reported that the towns of Fredericksburg and Waverly were also hit by flash flooding, and at least 40 homes were impacted.


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