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What's The Frequency: As Siouxland record flooding continues, hear from Red Cross leader on assistance options, plans to rebuild a damaged tourist site, and how people can cope with the stress of losses

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Flooding from the Big Sioux River is shown on the grounds of the Sioux City Railroad Museum is shown on June 25, 2024. (Photo by Larry Obermeyer)
Flooding from the Big Sioux River is shown on the grounds of the Sioux City Railroad Museum is shown on June 25, 2024. (Photo by Larry Obermeyer)

This Frequency episode is devoted to the extensive flooding that has now reached one week of major impacts in Siouxland, after heavy rains on June 20-22 really delivered a wallop to such rivers as the Big Sioux and Little Sioux.

For days, people have been flooded out of homes in such places as Correctionville, Spencer, Cherokee, Rock Valley, and Hawarden in Northwest Iowa, plus North Sioux City in South Dakota.

Siouxlanders continue to deal with a variety of trying situations as rivers drop and highways reopen after several days of closures. So far, no deaths have been reported, which is a great thing. Emergency management leaders in counties across the region have been working to keep their communities safe.

To give oversight of varying impacts in the area, we have three guests.

We chat with Georgia Duncan, the Assistant Director of External Affairs for the Red Cross, who expects to work over three weeks with this flooding incident to help people with housing, food, and other needs.

We look at the impact of Big Sioux River flooding at the Sioux City Railroad Museum, which got extensive water damage, as we will hear from museum President Larry Obermeyer.

Our third guest is Dr. David Brown, a behavioral health specialist for Iowa State University Extension, who discusses mental health challenges of people who have been impacted by a flood.

We also return to a Siouxland Public Media newscast from June 24, when a dicey event turned out to have a happy ending in Sioux City. That is when a team of people leapt to action along the flooded Big Sioux River, and pulled out a tired woman who had reportedly been swept about one-third of a mile down the swollen river.

Click on the audio link above to hear the entire show.
*What's The Frequency, Episode 23