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Couple Rescued From Flooded Home

(Le Mars) -- Heavy weekend rains have caused both the Floyd River and Willow Creek to crest above flood stage on Monday, creating numerous problems for residents, and city officials.   The Floyd River rose to nearly 24 feet which is about nine feet above flood stage.  The river crested at about 11:00 a.m. Monday, and shortly thereafter the Plymouth County Dive Operations Team along with the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department were called to rescue an elderly couple after flood waters had penetrated their home, cutting them off from the main road.  Ray and Stephanie Luecke of 34795 Highway 3 East reside in a log cabin home near the Lakeside Motel.  According to Ray, the flood waters rose quickly.

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Luecke describes the scene when the flood waters had surrounded his home.

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Rescue workers rescued Stephanie first, then Ray, who because of his handicap, was carried out in a stokes rescue basket by fire officials and dive team members.  The American Red Cross was called to offer housing assistance for the stranded couple.


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