Conditions from flooding last week across southern Tama County appeared to continue to improve over the weekend.
Steve Strain, Chelsea Public Works employee, said things "are improving little by little" as he loaded sandbags on a trailer on the east side of town shortly before 8 a.m. Monday. Flood waters had receded since last week.
However, much of the town remained under some water and roads through town including V18 remained closed.
Dewey Wilfong Jr. carries his mother Shirley’s dog, “Odie,” while his son, Dewey Wilfong III, hauls possessions out of the flooded town of Chelsea on Wednesday afternoon, July 2. Odie can’t swim far, Dewey said. The families both live in Chelsea.
Strain said Sunday night rainfall "cleaned things up a bit" and did not appear to add to the flooding. A Tama County road crew was taking down the road closed signs on E66 which had been shut down on Chelsea's north side because of flooding.
Tama County Engineer Lyle Brehm said Monday several rural roads near the Iowa River in southern Tama County remained closed.
Chelsea is preparing for the town's 150th birthday with a big celebration planned for July 25 and 26.
U.S. Highway 63 at the Iowa River bridge on Tama's south side was reopened over the weekend and water had receded along the U.S. Highway 30 Expressway at the Iowa River bridge north of Montour.
Some Chelsea residents waiting for a boat to take them to their homes on Wednesday afternoon, July 2, said if the rains would have held off they would have been okay.
But heavy rainfall upstream along the Iowa River basin as well as locally the water started coming into town this time beginning Sunday night, June 29.
They said most of their fellow residents had evacuated their town before flood waters rose high.
Meanwhile, flooding from the Iowa River also continued to slow traffic on Thursday morning, July 3, on the U.S. Highway 30 Expressway near the bridge about six miles west of Toledo or two miles north of Montour.
Both east and westbound traffic lanes were reduced to one-way from the Tama County Road T47 east junction (Garwin) and the T47 junction west (Montour.) Pumps manned by the DOT were sending a small current of water across the traveled portion which motorists drove through in east or west bond lanes at times.