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Iowa emergency management officials report 150 homes have major flood damage

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Iowa's top emergency management official says up to 150 homes in the state have major flood damage and his department continues to monitor river levels.

Many of those homes are in Rock Valley, after the Rock River went out of its banks last week. Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Mark Schouten visited Rock Valley and Rock Rapids with Governor Terry Branstad last week.

Schouten says they saw how despair brings out the goodness in people.

Mark Schouten, the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Dept. Director said, "We saw neighbors helping neighbors. We saw, as the governor mentioned, levees constructed by literally thousands of volunteers. In Rock Valley alone, volunteers put together a levee system that was some 8,080 feet long in length to protect the various parts of that city.

State officials say estimated damage to roads, bridges and public buildings from recent flooding comes to about $11 million.

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