Flooding Emergency

Flood Emergency Information
During a flooding emergency homeowners and business owners should take certain precautions. The City of Storm Lake provides the following resources for homeowners and business owners in dealing with a flood situation:

Current Event Information
The current event which started over Memorial Day weekend 2013 has the following updates:

June 5, 2013 at 2:00PM
  • The Flood Debris Pick Up Sites are now closed. Residents and property owners who still have debris to remove and dispose of should contact the local garbage hauling services and/or the Recycle Center to arrange for private removal and disposal. Any associated costs at this point will be the responsibility of the individual and/or owner.

May 31, 2013 at 9:30AM
  • The City is sponsoring Flood Debris Pick Up Sites located in seven locations around Storm Lake as follows:
1. Emerald Park Parking Lot
2. Scout Park
3. Storm Lake Street Department (433 Vilas)
4. South School (dumpster located in the right-of-way parking area along Cayuga Street)
5. West 9th Street Park (dumpster located in the parking area off of 10th Street by the playground equipment)
6. High School Parking Lot (dumpster located on the west side of the lot)
7. Rose Lane (located in the east cul-de-sac)

  • Items damaged in the floods can be dropped of at those locations through Friday, June 7, 2013.
  • Please do NOT dispose of hazardous chemicals, tires, and batteries through this program and only dispose of items damaged by the flooding
  • Residents who need assistance cleaning up after the flood can contact Upper Des Moines Opportunity to inquire about getting on a list for help from volunteer groups. Upper Des Moines Opportunity can be reached at 712-732-1757.
  • Flood clean up kits still are available at the Storm Lake Police Station (401 E. Milwaukee) during normal business hours.

May 29, 2013 at 4:30PM
  • The Individual Assistance Program from the State of Iowa is available now for the next 45 days. Residents must get their application for assistance in by July 12th to be eligible for assistance. The program is being run by Upper Des Moines in Storm Lake. For more information you can contact the Upper Des Moines office at 712-732-1757. A link to more information is on the right side of this page.
  • Flood clean up kits are still available at the Storm Lake Police Station if you need one.
  • The weather forecasters are expecting more rain tonight and while levels have dropped residents and property owners should make sure that all sump pumps are discharging to the outside of the home and NOT into a floor drain or sink.
  • Red Cross Disaster Assessment teams are in Storm Lake conducting door to door assessments. Residents should be aware of the teams and know that they may potentially come to your home.

May 28, 2013 at 4:00PM

  • Governor Branstad has declared Buena Vista County a disaster area and activated the Individual Assistance Program. More information on the Individual Assistance Program which is run through the state can be found by following the link to the right.
  • Residents can use the sanitary sewer system under normal conditions as of this afternoon. The City appreciates the cooperation during the last 24 hours to help reduce the flows and allow the plant to begin the process of returning to normal operations.
  • Residents are reminded to make sure that their Sump Pumps are discharging to the outside of their homes and NOT into the sanitary sewer system - this is a requirement by City Ordinances.

Flooding Resources
  • Wear protective clothing including gloves and face mask when cleaning up after a flood
  • Don't let children play in flooded streets and areas of your yard - the flood waters could be mixed with sewage and cause health problems
  • Don't swim or play in the lake for 48 to 72 hours following flooding. Sanitary sewer flows may mix with storm water flows and enter the lake. Natural conditions will clean the water in 48 to 72 hours following the discharge of contaminated storm water

Also visit the web sites linked on this page for more information and help in cleaning up after a flood event at your home or business.