Rock Valley Mayor declares State of Emergency; volunteers needed for sandbagging

ROCK VALLEY, Iowa – Due to storms and flooding in Rock Valley, Iowa, Mayor Kevin Van Otterloo has declared a State of Emergency.

Please stay off the roads. If you are not volunteering, stay off city streets to allow emergency services to provide assistance to those who need it the most.

Volunteers for sandbagging are needed. Please go to Trinity Church (2020 8th Street SE) for further instructions. For safety purposes, please wear proper work clothing, including shoes or boots and gloves. Do not wear flip flops or sandals. Transportation to emergency areas can be provided.

Free Daycare for volunteers will be provided at Jungle Kids Daycare (Faith Reformed Church) from 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Residents are instructed to use extreme caution around electrical services and shut off power if you are experiencing water and/or sewer back up in your house.

All residents with water and/or sewer backup in basements or low lying areas that need assistance in relocating and/or moving belongings are instructed to call the City Office at 712-476-5707.

Volunteers from out of town need to bring shovels and gloves, and due to limited parking space, are encouraged to car pool. Rock Valley is only accessible by two routes:

• From the south: Take County Blacktop K30 (Elmwood Avenue) northbound.

• From the east: Take U.S. Highway 18 westbound.

• Travel is not possible from the north and west.

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