Mar 15

Officials Give Update on Floods, Roads in Kossuth County

–Emergency Management, Law Enforcement and Local Government officials gave an update on what’s happening across Kossuth County with regards to flooding and poor roadways across the area. Emergency Management Coordinator Dave Penton says they have been receiving reports of problems from all over the county.

Thursday evening, the residents of an apartment complex on the east side of Algona had to be relocated after flood waters made their units uninhabitable. Penton says they were able to handle that situation with the help of the Red Cross and local officials.


Penton says they are hoping the forecast holds so the county can dry out.


Kossuth County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Plathe says the county engineer has received hundreds of calls regarding the secondary roads in the area.


Penton says they have done everything short of banning travel on gravel roads in Kossuth County.


While the rain has stopped, Penton says ice jams could still cause problems across the area.


Emergency Management will be coordinating with the Public Health Department to help residents test drinking water, once the flood waters recede. Sand and sand bags are available at the south parking lot of Central Park in Algona for area residents who need them. Officials are hopeful that with cooperative weather, the gravel roads in the area will begin to firm up for the next7-10 days.

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