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Western Iowa Devastated By Recent Flooding: 'I Wouldn't Wish This on My Worst Enemy'

Katie Peikes/Iowa Public Radio
Flooding in Hornick, Iowa as of March 17th.

Gov. Kim Reynolds has issued a total of 43 countywide disaster proclamations in response to flooding that began on March 13. 

The impact has been widespread, but communities in southwestern Iowa continue to experience the heaviest impact, with many community members finding themselves displaced and assessing the damages of homes, properties, and businesses.

On this episode of River to River, we hear stories from three communities who continue to feel the effects of last week's flooding. 

This program features conversations with: 

  • Joyce Flinn, Director of Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management 
  • Shawn Kelly, Mayor of Missouri Valley in Harrison County
  • Sheri Bowen, Agency Administrator at Mills County Public Health & Public Information Officer for Mills County
  • Melissa Andersen, a resident of Hornick, Iowa who remains displaced from her home
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River