Moville, Iowa is currently in a state of emergency. Many roads in town are underwater.
Spring flooding is not uncommon in Moville, but this year’s flood fight is a different story. At least five houses have already been evacuated and Mayor Jim Fisher says he was not expecting a flood of this magnitude.
“We figured that we had time but last night when everybody went to bed it was up, and this morning when we got up it was what you see right now. It’s that worst that I have seen since I have been in town,” said Fisher.
That’s 43 years. Fisher says the damage he’s seeing already is more significant than what the much talked about mid-90’s flood produced.
Candace Waderich lives is Moville. She says she’s one of the lucky ones.
“The first couple of days our basement flooded but we got a lot of that out. But otherwise, my house is really good, just a little flooding in the basement,” Waderich said.
Waderich manages the local Casey’s. Whether it’s gas or groceries, she says she’s trying to help others however she can.
“How can I get to Sioux City? How can I get to work? When can I get to work? When can I get to Sioux City? Is this road open? Is that road open? We can help our customers the best that we can and make sure they know where to go,” said Waderich.
State troopers say they are doing their best to get people where they need to go, but they also need our help.
“In these areas, you’re gonna have a lot of emergency vehicles that are going to be there directing traffic, make sure everyone is aware and giving good heedence towards those emergency workers out,” said Trooper John Farley.
The city is hoping the water won’t get any higher, but for now, the mayor says the city and its residents are safe.