Flooding presents a series of logistical challenges. Conditions can change rapidly so proper planning and an effective strategy are key. Being out in California, we’re not used to seeing floods and the concept of a flood fight is foreign to us.
Thanks to our friends over at C4L & Associates, we now better understand the dangers of flood conditions and what a flood fight truly is. C4L & Associates was on hand in Elkader, Iowa. The city was experiencing challenging flooding due to the nearby Turkey River, which put the heart of its business district in jeopardy.
Power was shut off in the middle of the day yesterday. The people of Elkader got together and erected an impressive sandbag wall to help protect their city from flood waters. It was a phenomenal effort as the wall was over 6 feet high.
Despite the impressive wall, it was a scary night for residents as the rising water levels along with rapid water movement and floating debris (including trees) made for a tenuous situation. Had the wall been breached, the waters would have overtaken the wall and significantly damaged the city. C4L deployed the Nomad Prime Scene Light (seen below) for the early evening and night.
FoxFury lights were positioned behind the sandbag wall and were used to help responders continue to plan and perform work throughout the night. These cord-free and battery powered lights were strategically positioned and could be moved if needed.
Thankfully, the hard work of putting up the sandbag wall paid off as the Turkey River crested at a 22.6 ft, which removed the major flood threat. In the end, it was the 4th highest crest in the city's history! It was one heck of a flood fight but a combination of hard work and some good fortune helped save this fine city and its hard-working community.
Thanks to C4L & Associates for the pictures.