FLOOD FOLLOW UP: Dyersville Cleaning Up

DUBUQUE COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG) -- Dyersville and New Vienna in western Dubuque County spent Tuesday cleaning up after unusual October flash flooding.

The New Vienna baseball field was flooded on Monday. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, rocks, mud and sticks are left behind for volunteers to pick up. (Allison Wong, KCRG-TV9)

Tom Berger with Dubuque County Emergency Management said New Vienna, a town of just about 400 people, probably got the worst outcome.

The town's baseball field was underwater on Monday, and on Tuesday mud, sticks and rocks were left behind. One volunteer shoveled debris out of the dugout and said he hoped it would be for nothing, pending on more rain forecast for the rest of the week.

A local business took on water and lost inventory. Mike Lehman, owner of 4J Supply, said he had about a foot of water inside his store.

"Everything was floating away and it was a mess," Lehman said.

He said the water came up so fast that he didn't have any time to save his products.

"We tried but it came up so fast, so quick, we didn’t have enough time to get it picked up," he said.

This will impact his business financially.

"Well it’s not going to help anything," Lehman said. "You know we don’t know yet how much we lost because a lot of it flooded away. But we’re shut down for a couple days just to clean up.”

In Dyersville, Fire Chief Al Wessels said the soccer field in the city park had four to five feet of water at its peak.

With the water receded on Tuesday, volunteers were starting the clean up process.

Wessels said, "basically we’re just cleaning off streets, making sure that traffic doesn’t drive through the mud, track it all over. Try to make the city back to normal.”

He said Dyersville is well-equipped to respond to incidents like this one, no matter the time of year it happens.

"We have equipment, we have man power, we have skid loaders, we have squeegees, fire trucks and basically the man power to make it happen," Wessels said.

However, City Clerk and Treasurer Tricia Maiers said this could end up impacting the city's budget.

"It’s probably gonna throw things off a little bit," Maiers said. "It just depends when we get to the point to have the residents call in and notify us if how much damage they’ve had.”

She said if a lot of homeowners have damaged items they need picked up, the city will schedule a collection day. That's something they don't account for happening in the fall.

"We offer something called a spring clean up, now that is in our budget, because we allow for that of course every late April and into May," Maiers explained. "But this you don’t know what the damage is gonna be with the effected areas."

Maiers said on Tuesday, she only had about six homeowners call to say they had some damage. Right now the city does not have a collection day scheduled.