News2019 Flood


Much of Hamburg, Iowa underwater

Posted at 10:26 PM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 23:26:41-04

HAMBURG, IOWA (KMTV) — Residents of the town of Hamburg, Iowa is used to a little water and even some flooding, but nothing like this.

"There has never been this much water, in Hamburg that I've ever known of,” says Paul Bennett, Hamburg native.

Around two-thirds of the town is impossible to navigate. City hall, the pharmacy, the doctors office. All taking in water.

"Some of these places are just gonna be no more.,” says Bennett.

Brenda Manhart was evacuated at 5 a.m. two days ago. She says she didn't leave earlier because she was able to get through the 2011 flood without her own home taking in water.

"I didn't think it would ever reach our house, no I didn't,” says Brenda Manhart. .

Manhart is staying with a friend in town, but is now homeless, with no vehicle, few clothes and is having trouble finding a place to get medication for her autistic son.

Still she plan to stay and rebuild.

"The school has been really good for my son and I would love to stay for him," says Manhart.

But she worries hamburg will ever be the same again.

"Very few of us are going to stay, the businesses, I'd be surprised if they come back,” says Manhart.