A record water level was set on the Iowa River at Tama and continued at just over 22 feet at noon Thursday, May 30 according to NOAA. (See accompanying chart.)
Meanwhile, efforts continued to keep the U.S. Highway 30 Expressway open west of Toledo near the Iowa River crossing north of Montour Thursday morning. A band of volunteers including Tama firefighters and city officials, Toledo firefighters, Meskwaki and Tama Public Works employees and students from the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo worked to fill sandbags at the DOT Maintenance facility in Tama. They were destined for the shoulder of the Expressway in an effort by the DOT to hold back the waters.
Most of Chelsea has been evacuated Ryan Currens, Tama County Emergency Management coordinator said. Ssee the photos from Chelsea resident Eli Mullen accompanying this story.
Chelsea's city operated gas pump is seen in this view looking at 4th and Station streets.
Photo by Eli Mullen
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