Missouri Valley Flood Victims Return Home

Some Missouri Valley residents chased from their homes by floodwaters on Monday were heading back home a day later but others weren’t as fortunate.

For some, there was no evidence of damage but Dick Isom was still trying to settle down.

“Well, I'm kind of dizzy,” he said. “I've been very busy this morning. We spent the night in a motel. The bed was terrible but I wouldn't say that. It was alright.”

On Monday, the Isoms were among two dozen households evacuated after a levee breach along the Boyer River. On Tuesday he was back home cleaning and salvaging items water reached in his backyard.

The water had gone down quite a bit but some areas along 12th Street were still flooded.

Farm fields are holding a lot of water and on 9th Street, one house previously under construction is facing major setbacks.

The City of Missouri Valley tells WOWT 6 News that prior to the recent storms, the levee along the river was up to code but the watery onslaught became too much for the barrier to handle.

As Isom tries to put things back in order, he's just glad everyone is OK.

“Everything is replaceable,” he said. “Lives are not replaceable. Health is better.”

The Boyer River levee has been breached several times in the past. Repairs can begin once the water recedes.

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