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High water strands rural couple

By Staff | May 29, 2013

LE MARS (AP) – A northwest Iowa couple has been rescued from their home after it was surrounded by rising floodwater from a nearby creek.

Stephanie Luecke said that she and her husband, Ray Leucke, had never seen Willow Creek rise so quickly near their home off Iowa Highway 3 on the northeast side of Le Mars. She said the water “surrounded us like an island.”

Water was creeping up the front porch by the time rescue workers arrived at 12:30 p.m. Monday. The Lueckes expect to spend three days at a nearby motel, but not sure what they’ll do next.

Stephanie Luecke said she and her husband are wondering what they’d done “to deserve this.” Officials said Le Mars got nearly 4.5 inches of rain over the weekend.

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