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Butler County Emergency Management busy in Dumont


DUMONT (KWWL) -- Mitch Nordmeyer never thought he would have to asses flood damage so soon after the floods of 2008.

"I think everybody knew in the back of their mind that we had hoped this would never happen again, but we live in Iowa and the weather can do this to us at any time so I didn't think we would be doing it within two years." said Nordmeyer, Butler County Emergency Management Coordinator.

Butler County Emergency Management and the Dumont Fire Department checked the waters every hour Wednesday.

Nordmeyer says when 3:30 hit it took thirty minutes for the waters to rise.

"Within 30 minutes everything just broke loose and we had a foot of water across the highway and we had to get the highway closed and start evacuation because at that point we really didn't think it look like there was going to be a need for sandbagging."

Sandbagging started Wednesday afternoon and ended early Thursday morning saving a lot of homes.

Nordmeyer says a lot of people could not believe this was happening again.

"There were a lot of people saying you have got to be kidding, but it can't be happening again. A lot of people said I was just uptown and the water was not across the road or anything. Didn't look like we had a problem so it hit with the same impact it did in 2008.">>

Highway three going through Dumont was closed because the water is over the road.

Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough


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