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Nearly A Year Later, Western Iowa Is Still Struggling To Recover From Spring Flooding

Katie Peikes
IPR File
Hamburg was just one of the communities that flooded in March of 2019. Clayton Field, the city's baseball-softball complex, was damaged by flooding.

For communities along the Iowa side of the Missouri River, March of 2019 was a disaster. Flooding rocked the region impacting residents, business owners and farmers. Forecasts for the spring of 2020 suggest new flooding conditions, which could impact many of these communities still recovering from last year’s impact.

On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with IPR Western Iowa Reporter Katie Peikes and takes a look back at the 2019 floods, and a look forward at what can be expected this year.

“We’ve got these soils in the Missouri river basin that are so wet and cannot hold any more water,” Peikes says. “If it rains or snows, that water is just going to slide off of the soil into streams and rivers.”


  • ​Katie Peikes, Iowa Public Radio Western Iowa Reporter
  • Mike Crecelius, Emergency Management Director at Fremont County
  • Leo Ettleman, Farmer in Fremont County
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa