Truck in flooded ditch, rainfall causes flooding - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Truck in flooded ditch, rainfall causes flooding

Posted: Updated:
JACKSON COUNTY (KWWL) -

Cornfields unrecognizable, covered with flood waters.

Heavy overnight rains swelled the Makoqueta River in Jackson County.

Delbert Klemme of Preston showed KWWL his family's field. "These are all fields out in here, and even beyond those trees, they're all covered with water."

The flooding turned dangerous.

In the dark, early morning hours of Tuesday, the driver of a truck, didn't see the water on the road, and ended up in a ditch. "He come through, I don't know...if he misjudged the road or it hydroplaned on him, and down he went," Klemme said.

Fortunately, the driver wasn't hurt. He was able to swim to safety.

However, it's not just the rainfall contributing to the flooding. Huge chunks of ice have worsened the problem. Ice jams filled the banks, and surrounded the river.

People living nearby said they don't remember ever seeing it like this. "The field gets flooded but you never see it this high," said Kevin Behn. 

Once the ice melts, Klemme wonders how his family will clean it all up. "I don't know yet -- that's gonna be a good question. Wait and see," he replied, laughing.

To help keep the area safe, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department blocked off  a section of 435th Avenue just south of the Damon Bridge.

Powered by Frankly