Sanborn tries to recover flooded fields after torrential rain

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Parts of northwestern Iowa are drying out Thursday night after heavy morning rains.

No farmer will turn down rain this time of year. They just hope it was not too much of a good thing.

Sanborn received more than five inches of rain in a matter of a few hours. Farmers and residents KSFY News spoke to said they are just trying to keep their heads above water.

“I looked out, and I began to see water,” Chuck Brockman said. “It was a steady shower, shower, shower, shower and then stop and shower. And I looked out about 6:30, and there was a stretch of water from Highway 18 to my, just about to my house. As long as the highway as I could see in the ditch.”

From flooded fields to washed-out roads, residents of the small Iowa town were in shock with just how fast the water rose.

“I can tell you that when that rain came it must’ve been overwhelming, it came very fast because I’ve never seen water this deep,” Galen Beyer said.

Beyer has been a farmer for more than 40 years and had just finished seeding his waterway before the storm hit.

“When it comes from the seed from those waterways, I am afraid they might be in Sioux City, Iowa, by now, and I hate that when that happens,” he said.

Beyer farms just over 1,000 acres and spots of his fields are underwater, but he remains hopeful that damage done by the storm will be easily fixed.

“Hopefully the plants will not be under the water for an extended period of time and hopefully they will recover,” he said. “I was taught as a young boy, don’t ever say bad things about rain because rain is always good. But, when it comes this fast, I guess I can’t do anything about it, so there’s no reason to get upset.”

He said it will take about a week for his fields to dry out and is thankful that it was rain and not hail.

The heavy rains also created some problems for homeowners.

A few people in Sanborn said they have flooded basements because the sewage system could not keep up with the rain.

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