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Second flood-related death reported

Person drowns going around road barrier
Posted at 7:31 PM, Mar 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-16 23:04:04-04

FREMONT COUNTY, Iowa — A man from Norfolk, NE died after he and two other men drove around a road barrier in Fremont County, Iowa and got swept up in flood waters.

The Fremont County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as 55-year-old Aleido Rojas Galan.

According to Sheriff Kevin Aistrope, a call came in to the Fremont County Dispatch Center shortly before 10 p.m. Friday night. The caller said he could hear men calling for help in a flooded area in the 3000 block of 250th St. in Riverton, Iowa.

When first responders arrived they found two men in the water. Galan was submerged in the water, and another man, 50-year-old Santiago Morosta, also of Norfolk, was clinging to a tree to keep his head above water. Both men were pulled from the water. Galan was life flighted to a hospital in Lincoln, NE, but did not survive.

Another man, 52-year-old Juan Luis Quennons, also of Norfolk, was found in a ditch near a residence in the same area.
Both Quennons and Morosta were taken to a hospital in Omaha for treatment of their injuries.

The Sheriff's office says all 3 men were in the car, driving from Norfolk to Florida to see family, when they drove around the road barrier and into the flood waters. Their car was being swept away by the flood waters, so all 3 attempted to swim to safety.

This is the second known death from flooding in the region. Last Thursday James Wilke, a farmer from Columbus, NE died trying to help a stranded motorist. The tractor he was driving to try and reach the motorist was swept away in flood waters.