The Ottumwa Courier

Wapello County

February 18, 2014

Threat of floods worrying some Ottumwans

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“We own a business here,” Archer said. “We can’t shut down whenever the water is high.”

When it starts to rain, Kelley said they have to start clearing out their basement and garage right away because the water accumulates so quickly. He said in a matter of just 20 minutes of rain they start to get standing water in their backyard, and it doesn’t take long for it to come all the way up to their home and garage.

Archer said that fixing the problem would simply give them piece of mind, because they wouldn’t have to keep a heavy eye on when the next rain is going to come.

“We could sleep at night and not have to worry about flooding,” Archer said.

Mindy England, who also lives on Samantha Street, worries if the wait becomes too long, the melted piles of snow will mix with the spring rains and create a flood that even Noah might be intimidated by.

“It’s scary getting all of this snow,” she said. “We’re worried it’s going to do something bad.”

Kelley said he and Archer have been in contact with city and county officials to try and repair the busted culvert, but so far conversations have been stalled.

They are not looking to point the finger and blame anyone for the problem, they said, they are only asking that it be fixed before more serious issues come about because of the flooding.

— To see reporter Josh Vardaman's Twitter feed, go to @CourierJosh

 

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