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Cherokee County Flood Aftermath

Cherokee, IA (RI)–Some of the heaviest damage from last week’s flooding occurred in rural areas of Iowa – with millions of dollars in damage to gravel roads and bridges.

In northwest Iowa, perhaps the worst flooding damage occurred in Cherokee County. David Shanahan, the Cherokee County Engineer, estimates the damage there will exceed $2.4 million.

In addition, repairs will be needed around 125 other bridges in Cherokee County due to loss of sediment.

The damage to rural roads comes at a time when farmers are rushing to finish spring planting. Some farmers are having to make longer treks to get into their fields.

This has been the wettest spring in Iowa history, with record rainfall totals in both April and May. Many county officials in Iowa are now hoping for federal disaster dollars to help cover the bills.

(Story from Radio Iowa)