Public Works crews in Eldon prepare for upcoming storms

Published: Jul. 9, 2021 at 10:29 PM CDT
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ELDON, Iowa (KYOU) - Recent flooding in Southeast Iowa caused damage for many of the residents in the surrounding areas, mainly those in Eldon.

With strong storms expected to return Eldon’s Public Works Director, Jerred Reed, shares what has been done in preparation.

“I had a request for sandbags. We have those on hand at City Hall if anybody would like some. I did stockpile some sand so that they can be filled. The residents are welcome to come to pick them up themselves. We’ll send them with as many as they need.”

The storm that happened two weeks ago also lead to the discovery of a 4-foot collapsed culvert pipe near the fairgrounds that caused water to back up and rise.

Reed says that has now been removed.

“For the time being, we’re not going to replace it. We’ll leave it open to mitigate that flood risk. Maybe later on it will get filled with a bridge culvert or a larger steel culvert.”

Another culvert on 9th Street was replaced with one that is 30 inches.

If you think you may be affected, Reed says to be sure to check your sump pumps to ensure the screens are clear so the water can get out.

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