Winneshiek County and officials of the city of Decorah have met and opened the Emergency Operation Center this morning. The situation of flooding is being monitored and planning has been reviewed and is ongoing. All is dependent on the addition of any further rainfall. Emergency Management is in contact with the LaCrosse National Weather Service on a constant basis. No sandbagging is occurring at this time.

The ground is saturated so any additional rainfall will lead to run-off and high potential of flash flooding. All citizens need to be aware of safety and avoid any need for sight-seeing or checking of water levels today. Please allow emergency responders to convey this information to you.

Authorities are asking you not to be traveling on the roads. You will be putting yourself at increased risk. Be aware of the increased potential for mudslides, uprooted trees, and debris on the roads with the saturated grounds and running water.

Do not drive into running fast-flowing water over roadways. It takes only a few inches of water to wash a vehicle off the road. Do not drive around barricades as they are placed for your safety.

If you are having issues with basement flooding, be cautious with electrical appliances and equipment. Please go to Winneshiek County Public Health Facebook page for postings and information on flooding.

Additional information on how to work with flooded basements may be found at www.idph.state.ia.us under Floods.