Supervisors expected to sign disaster declaration

Continued rains overnight Sunday into Monday made bad flood conditions even worse in Marshall County.

The Marshall County board of supervisors are expected to sign a disaster declaration Tuesday to get state and federal assistance.

“There’s water over the road in several places,” said Supervisors Chair Dave Thompson. “We do need to look into it.”

Kim Elder, director of Marshall County Emergency Management, said the flash flooding concerns have subsided Monday and the main concern now is the Iowa River. It is expected to crest at 22 feet on Tuesday, which is 0.2 feet above the record level in 2008.

Highway 14 just north of Marshalltown near the river remains closed.

“14 will be closed for a while,” Elder said midday Monday.

Elder said it will be up to individual cities to sign their own disaster declarations. She said the most damage she has seen is in Albion and Marshalltown. In the rural areas, the secondary roads will be damaged in many places once the water recedes.

“We’ll know the damage there once the water goes back down,” Thompson said.

Thompson said this flooding is the worst in the county in decades.

“The last time we had a mess like this was in 1993,” Thompson said.

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