Cherokee, IA (KICD)–Heavy rainfall over the last several days has taken a heavy toll on Cherokee County.
Several County roads are either partially or completely submerged with many bridges affected, some were destroyed or severely damaged. Access to the city of Cherokee is severely limited as several roadways are completely submerged in flood waters.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is asking the general public to not travel on roads near Cherokee in order to keep the roadways clear for emergency vehicles. Do Not attempt to drive through any water covering a roadway or bridge as it may be washed out and do not attempt to go around barricades.
Undated, IA (KICD)–The American Red Cross has delivered cleanup kits to the fire station in Cherokee and police station in Storm Lake for those affected by flooding.
Cleanup kits contain basic cleaning supplies such as mops, brooms, bleach, buckets and rubber gloves.
Some tips for those affected include looking outside of your home for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damages; Keep an eye out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes that may have come into your home with the floodwater: If you smell natural or propane gas or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call the fire department; If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water; When it is safe to return home, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy shoes when examining your walls, doors, staircases and windows for damage: During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots; Make sure your food and water are safe. Discard items that have come in contact with floodwater, including canned goods, water bottles, plastic utensils and baby bottle nipples; and Do not use water that could be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.