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Drone video shows dramatic flood disaster in Iowa
Drone video shows dramatic flood disaster in Iowa

SHELDON, Iowa Parts of the Midwest continue to be hit by catastrophic and deadly flooding after days of torrential rain caused rivers and streams to burst their banks, and dramatic drone video from Iowa gives us a glimpse of the extent of the devastation.

Video provided to FOX Weather by O’Brien County emergency management officials shows the Floyd River bursting its banks and spilling into the community of Sheldon, southeast of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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One of the videos shared shows vehicles driving across the bridge while the rushing water flows just below the bridge.

As the water moves closer to the farms and homes along the riverbank, the floodwaters are also approaching the Highway 18 bridge west of town.

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This photo shows flooded trees after the Floyd River burst its banks in Sheldon, Iowa.
(O’Brien County Emergency Management)

The Floyd River in Sheldon, Iowa, has overflowed its banks.
(O’Brien County Emergency Management)

The Floyd River in Sheldon, Iowa, has overflowed its banks.
(O’Brien County Emergency Management)

The Floyd River in Sheldon, Iowa, has overflowed its banks.
(O’Brien County Emergency Management)

Flooding occurs in Sheldon, Iowa.
(O’Brien County Emergency Management)

This photo shows flooded trees after the Floyd River burst its banks in Sheldon, Iowa.
(O’Brien County Emergency Management)

This photo shows the flooding of the Floyd River in Sheldon, Iowa.
(O’Brien County Emergency Management)

However, Sheldon is not the only community in Iowa affected by flooding.

In Rock Valley, a levee breach along the Rock River prompted a panicked evacuation of the town early Saturday morning. Authorities sounded tornado sirens to warn residents of the impending danger.

Video from the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office showed numerous homes and businesses flooded as water rushed through the city.

“The City of Rock Valley urges residents to stay away from floodwaters,” the city said on Facebook. “Residents who choose to return to floodwaters to check on their homes or retrieve belongings or pets do so at their own risk. Our first responders and personnel cannot be moved away or sent back into floodwaters if evacuations are not followed.”

O’Brien County officials said emergency crews conducted several water rescues after people became trapped in their vehicles after being swept away by the floodwaters.

And in nearby Lyon County, flooding was blamed for the derailment of a train near Alvord.

Nine train cars were knocked off the tracks around 4:30 a.m. Friday, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office said, but no hazardous materials were spilled or other substances used.

By Liam