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Turkey River spilling into Spillville

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SPILLVILLE (KWWL) -

"I went to bed last night and prayed that everything would be OK, but then I got a call at 3 o'clock in the morning and said we need to go down there," said Wanda Cole, a manager of the Inwood Ballroom in Spillville.  

Cole and almost 20 other community members and emergency crews rushed to help save the event center with sandbags. The group spent the night hoping the historic building would be okay with the Turkey River cresting over flood stage at 14 feet. 

Cole visited the Inwood Ballroom on Friday, and luckily the floors were untouched by the flood water. That means the Inwood was saved from disaster, along with it, a prom for people with disabilities. The event is scheduled for Saturday night in the ballroom. 

“This is going to be our tenth annual and very happy to realize that we can have the event after all," said Cole. 

Firefighters spent the day draining the pump at the waste treatment site. That site sits just above the Inwood Ballroom, near the river. 

"This well right here, this lift station, water was coming into that and that's kind of an indicator. If that gets too high it'll affect the rest of the town," said Steve Smith a Decorah Firefighter. 

On the other side of town, workers with the Iowa Water Science Center, were double checking their measurements of the river's height. They use censors to keep people in Spillville safe with real time updates of the flood water.  

The Turkey River crested Thursday at 8 p.m. reaching the 14 foot stage, since then it has been slowly going down.

The Freedom Fest Prom event is still set for Saturday night. The event is for those 16 years old and older. People from six different counties will be attending.

Participants needed to RSVP by May 1st and door open at 5 in the evening. 

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