As Siouxlanders prepare to start their week, flood clean-up efforts are already well underway across the tri-state area.
“We’re just getting started. There’s been some thaw, but there’s still a lot left to go. We’re gonna be dealing with this for a while,” Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said.
Governor Reynolds spoke in Sioux City Sunday. She said that every levee south of Council Bluffs to the Missouri border has been breached, adding that several areas across the state could see even higher marks in the days to come.
Fresh off a visit to Hornick on Sunday, Reynolds now has first-hand knowledge of the damage that’s displaced over 200 residents.
Monday morning, the city is once again closed after re-opening briefly to allow locals the chance to retrieve their belongings. As the town waits for water levels to recede, Hornick’s Mayor Scott Mitchell remained optimistic about Reynold’s visit.
“Took her for a ride to show her the damage we had and got into one of our council members homes, show them the damage they had there,” Mitchell said. “Hopefully, it will help getting some relief funds from the state and the federal government and it all went really well.”
Despite the ongoing clean-up efforts – some residents say they won’t be returning, some even say they have serious concerns for the future.
“You know, how much money can you throw after a house after you’ve built a house and maintained it? How much more money can you throw into it when you’re, kind of… on the short end of it,” Hornick resident Dale Ronfeld said.
While there’s still no word as to when residents will be able to return home for good, Reynolds is encouraging Iowans across the state to stay strong during these difficult times.
“I continue to just be overwhelmed and impressed and grateful to our emergency managers, our EMS, our first responders, our volunteers, just the community as a whole. I just cannot express the amazing Iowans that step up in a time of need and help each other out. It’s just incredible to see that,” Reynolds said.
The governor will be touring many of Iowa’s communities around hit hardest by the floods Monday. Reynolds will be meeting with local officials in Glenwood to survey the damage, before then going south to Pacific Junction and continuing to Hamburg. Finally, the governor will be hosting a press conference in Council Bluffs at 3:30.