Clean up continues across north Iowa from severe storms on Saturday

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Charles City, Iowa – Clean-up continues in north-central Iowa after heavy rain on Friday and Saturday caused flooding and straight-line winds and hail caused property and crop damage across Cerro Gordo and Floyd Counties Saturday afternoon.

In Rockford, numerous reports of estimated 70 to 80 mph winds, causing damage across the community. Over 300 trees were downed in Rockford with the community and volunteers across the area rallying together to get things cleared up.

Volunteers, chainsaws, trailers, and heavy lifting equipment are being requested to help with the cleanup.  Volunteer cleanup efforts will begin at 8:00am today and continue until dusk. Volunteers must check in at the Rockford fire station.

Charles City had intense winds as well, although not as strong as was the case in Rockford. No major damage was found in Charles City besides many roads becoming impassable due to the heavy rainfall.

Mason City dealt with flash flooding as well, according to Mayor Bill Schickel.

The mayor says there were evacuations on Saturday night.

One resident sought shelter at the Salvation Army.  Sandbags for homes and businesses are available at the city’s maintenance headquarters. As Mason City residents started the clean-up Sunday, they’ve been placing damaged items on the curb, including large things like freezers and sofas, but Schickel says garbage crews won’t be hauling those things away until the city is out of its state of emergency.

Mason City’s water treatment plant and drinking water supply is safe and secure, according to city officials. Flood clean-up kits are available at the Mason City Fire Department. Cerro Gordo County Emergency Management director Steve O’Neil says any material that was touched by flood water should be removed.

For example, water heaters and furnaces impacted by flooding should be inspected before put in back in use. A number of roads outside of Mason City have been damaged by flooding. Mason City’s police chief asked residents to stay off the roads if more than an inch of rain falls in the next 24 hours, as street flooding would be likely throughout the city. The city’s operations manager is asking residents to reduce water use, as Mason City’s sanitary sewer plant has been running at capacity and suffered some minor damage from this weekend’s storms.

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