Winneshiek County experiencing flooding

Rivers well above flood stage; shelter available in Decorah

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WINNESHIEK COUNTY — Heavy rains overnight have led to widespread flooding in Winneshiek County.

According to the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office, Freeport — which sits east of Decorah on the Upper Iowa River — is being evacuated. The communities of Decorah, Bluffton, Spillville and Fort Atkinson are also being “significantly impacted,” according to the sheriff’s office.

At 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, the sheriff’s office announced the Fort Atkinson Trailer Park was also being evacuated. Fort Atkinson residents were encouraged to seek shelter with family, friends or the Fort Atkinson Community Center.

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The Upper Iowa River was at 12.45 feet at 8:45 a.m., less than half a foot above flood stage, according to the National Weather Service. The river is forecast to crest at 13.5 feet later on Wednesday.

According to RiverGages.com, the Turkey River at Spillville is at 18.82 feet, nearly three feet above the flood stage of 16 feet. The river has risen nearly 15 feet in the last 24 hours, thanks to 8.7 inches of rain during that time frame.

Further downstream, the Turkey River is at 15.7 feet in Eldorado, 3.7 feet above flood stage. The river has risen more than 8.5 feet there in the last 24 hours.

The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office said anyone in need of shelter can go to the Stone Ridge Community Church at Montgomery Street and Highway 9 in Decorah. The Salvation Army will have food and cleaning kits available.

Multiple roads in Winneshiek County have been closed or washed out due to flooding, the sheriff’s office said.

Sandbags are available at the sheriff’s office.

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