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Rock Rapids deals with major flooding along Rock River

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A stormy weekend brought record flooding to parts of southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa Sunday night into Monday.

Along the Rock River in Rock Rapids, some major flooding has affected the property at Island Park. According to the NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) the flood warning for Rock River in Rock Rapids continues through Thursday, instead of Wednesday.

New numbers show the river crested around 2:00 a.m. Monday at 24 feet. At 5 a.m. it started to go down to 23.6 feet. River should fall below flood stage (13 feet) by Wednesday.

People who live in the area were ready. With 7 inches of rain over the weekend, people were concerned about what was to come down the Rock River from the north.

Hundreds spent Father's Day Sunday filling sandbags, building levees to protect their community. The Mayor of Rock Rapids, Jason Chase, said it was nice to see everyone come together to take action against the rising flood water.

"Our public works director has it on line where he's checking the river stages of the different towns we had people scouting for us to see words crossing my roads so we know about when to expect it but not what it's going to be," Mayor Jason Chase said.

The zoo inside Island Park had significant damage to much of the property. Sheds had water up to the rooftop. Zookeepers told KSFY News, Monday morning, the animals were taken out of the sheds and to higher ground. Until the water goes back to flood stage, deer, peacocks, turkeys, pheasants and goats will have a small fenced-in area to roam.

The stormy weather isn't over yet. If you're in the path of any storms Sunday, you're encouraged to make sure your check-valves are in check, especially if you live nearby any river.

Law enforcement encourages drivers and pedestrians to stay clear of any flooded roads or sidewalks.

Stick with KSFY News as we continue our coverage of the flooded areas. 

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