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Clean-up continues in Anamosa

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ANAMOSA (KWWL) - It's been three days since flash flooding tore through parts of Eastern Iowa. After two days of heavy rain, portions of Linn, Jones and Johnson counties were forced to sandbag and even evacuate some places.

Thursday as a small creek on Division Street in Anamosa turned into a rapid river. Many people's basements were flooded, some forced to leave their homes. But once the water receded, there was a lot of damage left behind.

It's a quiet and calm Saturday afternoon on Division Street in Anamosa., as water from this creek runs through what flash flooding destroyed.

"Well it rained and rained and then we came down from the house and here all of a sudden the water is coming over the bridge about three feet deep, to over the top of the bridge, which we haven't seen since 93'," said Mike Shaffer, retired fire chief and resident.

Shaffer says after the floods of 93' they rebuilt the creek to hold flash flooding. Thursday's storm tore down walls, leaving thousands of dollars in damage behind.

"Its hard to say cause you don't know whats, taking all that back out of there and starting over is just a very costly experience," said Shaffer.

Meanwhile, the high school football field sits quietly. Most the town is in Cedar Rapids. Friday's game against arch rival Monticello was postponed. The field was ready for their first game Wednesday, then came the rain and it was nearly impossible to practice here Thursday afternoon. Water covered part of the field and that water seeped into their newly remodeled concession stand.

"The thing that we just built on wednesday, we had to completely tare out on thursday evening after this all started so we didn't loose the concession stand and bathroom again like we did last summer," said Shaffer.

While the game goes on, so must life in Anamosa. As clean-up continues, it's calm quiet days like Saturday, that remind everyone the power of mother nature.

Anamosa and Monticello played their game Saturday at Coe College.

While clean-up continues across Eastern Iowa, none of the counties hit hard by flooding have been declared disaster areas.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires
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