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Winneshiek County cleaning up from Monday flooding

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DECORAH (KWWL) -

While much of eastern Iowa battled winds topping out over 70 miles per hour, the northern part of the state was dealing with an immense amount of rain.

The National Weather Service reports Bluffton got 4.24 inches of rain, while parts of Decorah received 3.24 inches.

Winneshiek County Sheriff Dan Marx said no injuries were reported during Monday's storms, although there was a decent amount of flooding that caused property and crop damage.

"We still have a lot of areas and places where we saw a fair amount of property damage, especially some areas just north of Decorah, where there was a stream that got out control and caused a lot of damage to people's homes or people had sustained water in their basements," he said.

But it wasn't all bad news in Decorah.

Hannah Sikkink and her brother Andy woke up Monday morning to find their entire front yard flooded.

But instead of lamenting the loss of some flowers, the two decided to have some fun.

"We have a couple of kayaks in the shed, so I was like, 'Might as well make the best of this and go kayaking,'" Andy said.

Hannah said she was able to do some fairly big laps, as the water came up to at least thigh-high level in her yard.

(Our KWWL weather team does advise against getting into flood water at all. They say you never know what kind of bacteria, storm debris or chemicals might be in the water that could harm you.)

Now most of the flood waters have receded, although there are still visible points of standing water around the county.

The NWS also says the Upper Iowa River, just north of Decorah, is at 8.64 feet -- less than a foot below flood stage.

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