June 10, 2018 11:40 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- One day after severe storms brought flooding, rains, high winds and tornadoes to southeastern Minnesota and northern Iowa, officials highlighted the progress made by volunteers in cleaning up debris but stress the region is not out of the woods yet.
In Rockford, one of the hardest hit communities, power was restored to most residents by Sunday evening and many roads in the community of about 800 were cleared of debris, the Floyd County Emergency Management Agency reported.
Roads in parts of Floyd and Cerro Gordo Counties in Iowa and Filmore County in Minnesota remained closed Sunday night and maybe for the foreseeable future. If more rain falls, Mason City officials say conditions could deteriorate quickly.
"If and when we get more rain of more than an inch in the next 24 hours, please refrain from driving around the city, the streets fill up very quickly, we had several stranded motorists," Mason City Police Chief Jeff Brinkley said at a news conference Sunday afternoon.
Rising floodwaters prompted first responders to go door-to-door across more than 30 city blocks in Mason City Saturday night after Willow Creek escaped its banks. Around 90 residents were told of a voluntary evacuation, but most stayed put, Mayor Bill Schickel said. Only one family headed to a Salvation Army shelter, though some went to stay temporarily with family members.
As people assess the damage in their own homes, the Mason City Fire Department is offering cleanup kits at the fire station for those in need of tools. Officials are also urging city residents to sign up for Code Red alerts in order to stay up-to-date with changing conditions. The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health offered tips for staying safe during cleanup.
Monday, the city plans to launch a volunteer hotline to connect those who want to help out with those in need, an example of the small-town spirit Shickel said makes Mason City what it is.
"It's difficult for everyone but it also oftentimes brings out the best in people," he said. "I think Mason City-ians are stepping up, are very resilient and we're gonna be just fine."
Stay with ABC 6 News for continuing coverage of cleanup efforts after this weekend's severe storms.
Updated: June 10, 2018 11:40 PM
Created: June 10, 2018 11:17 PM
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