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Rescue crews still hampered by high water

OTTUMWA (KWWL) -- Authorities in Ottumwa say flooded roads are still creating obstacles for emergency crews even though the Des Moines River continues to fall.

Wapello County fire officials say there are still several areas that can only be accessed by boat.

Officials ran into that problem last Friday when a man in a riverfront cabin surrounded by water needed medical help.

Ottumwa Regional Health Center had an ambulance parked on the road, and paramedics were ready to take action, but the river was at the road's edge.

Fire officials say a friend of the man arrived in his boat, but the boat was too small and there no life jackets.

The Ottumwa Fire Department was able to reach the cabin with its boat and got the man safely to the ambulance.

Online Producer: Chris Becker


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