Algona residents are pumping basements today, after a deluge of rain Tuesday evening. A record rainfall of six-point-nine inches last night and this morning has some residents and businesses using shop-vacs and sump pumps and mopping up.
The rainfall total broke a 53-year-old record for daily precipitation, and left downed trees and ponds of water.
Kossuth County Emergency Management Director Jim Kelly says the east fork of the Des Moines River’s gone up two feet since yesterday, and will likely be out of its banks by noontime tomorrow. People were lined up in front of the local Shoppers Supply when it opened this morning to buy cleaning supplies.