Ice jams backed up the Raccoon River Friday

Guthrie County is included in a disaster proclimation Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued late last week in response to flooding that began March 13.

The proclimation allows state resources to be used to respond to and help recovery efforts from the flood.

It also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program for Adair and Guthrie County.

The Individual Assistance Grant Program provides up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual lincome of $41,560 for a family of three.

Anyone who has experienced uninusred damages due to flooding March 13 and 14 can contact the county emergency management office at (641) 332-3030.

Flooding was reported in several places in Guthrie County during the last week.

Springbrook State Park was temprorarily closed while snow melted the 13th and 14th. Anne Riordan, a training specialist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said water pooled near the west entrance over the weekend.

The ground was frozen, snow was melting and it was raining, which caused the flooding issue, she said. No major damage was done at the park by the water.

An ice jam backed up the South Raccoon

River near Redfield, causing some concerns. The river crested at 22.13 feet, according to the National Weather Service. Flood stage at that part of the river is 18 feet.

The Middle Raccoon River south of Panora hit 10.62 feet. Flood stages there are 10 feet.

While rivers were rising in Guthrie County, some neighboring spots were harder hit.

The Raccoon River Valley Trail bridge south of Jefferson collapsed in Greene County, and officials in Dawson in Dallas County had to ask for help sandbagging the city’s water plant on March 16, according to Raccoon River Valley Radio.

Further west, some towns along the Missouri River were completely underwater early this week.

Good Sam’s in Fontanelle is assisting those towns by filling a trailer of goods. Goods can be dropped off at a trailer parked at Good Samaritan at 326 Summerset Street in Fontanelle any time of day.

Items being accepted include toilet paper, laundry, dish soap, hygiene items, canned goods and drinks.

Goods are also being collected at Adair City Hall. Those items will be delivered to Fontanelle this Friday, March 22. Anyone who would like to donate items to the Fontanelle location should do so by Saturday, March 23. The trailer will head west Sunday.