Floodwater strands northwest Iowa couple

A northwest Iowa couple have been rescued from their home after it was surrounded by rising floodwater from a nearby creek.

Stephanie Luecke told the Sioux City Journal that she and her husband, Ray, had never seen Willow Creek rise so quickly near their home off Iowa Highway 3 on the northeast side of Le Mars. She says 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 don’t know what they’ll do next. Stephanie Luecke says she and her husband are wondering what they’d done “to deserve this.”

Officials say Le Mars got nearly 4 1/4 inches of rain over the weekend.