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Rock Valley Police Chief Confirms Flood Death

Rock Valley Police Chief Confirms Flood Death

Rock Valley Police Chief Confirms Flood Death

ROCK VALLEY, Iowa — Flooding has claimed the life of a 52-year-old Rock Valley man who was reported missing, according to authorities.

Rock Valley Police Chief Monte Warburton confirmed the death of Kyle Kreykes Thursday. He said police raided Kreykes’ residence on Monday and found his body in the flooded basement.

“When we were able to pump out his basement, we located him in the basement of his house,” Warburton said. “He appeared to be trapped by debris in the basement and succumbed to those injuries.”

Warburton said Kreykes’ death is the only known death from catastrophic flooding in Rock Valley. On Saturday, a levee broke and water from the Rock River covered berms in the city, which is located in the northwest corner of Sioux County. Hundreds of houses were evacuated. The river itself crested at about 27.64 feet Saturday, according to the National Weather Service, nearly 5 feet higher than the previous record.

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2024 Flooding in Rock Valley

People view the damage after large parts of Rock Valley, Iowa, were flooded on Saturday.


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The flood water receded; and almost all of Rock Valley is accessible again, according to Warburton. He said residents could return to their homes and begin the cleanup process, which he described as “massive.”

With the foundations of many homes gone or shifted, Warburton said residents should be cautious. He urged them to inspect their electrical panels before turning the power back on.

“If they feel they are not safe, they have to get back out of their houses,” he said. “We have things changing, things malfunctioning. I want to make sure no one else gets hurt.”

Warburton said it will be “a long time” before Rock Valley is back to where it was before the 2024 flood.







2024 Flooding in Rock Valley

A car is partially submerged near the intersection of 10th Street and Seventh Avenue after large parts of Rock Valley, Iowa, Saturday.


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