Heyworth Flooding Clogs Drainage System and Leaves Much Debris

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HEYWORTH – The village of Heyworth received what village officials are calling a record breaking downpour on Sunday, June 14. The downpour started at 4:15 PM.

The village engineer David Shafer says Heyworth got somewhere between 4 and a half to 5 inches of rain in one hour. He explains the city usually sees no more than 3 inches in that span of time.

Heyworth's drains were not able to handle the rapid downpour. Public works crews spent hours trying to re-open flooding roads.

Residents had to remove furniture from their homes due to the objects being too wet to salvage. A church in the center of town had to cancel services on Sunday and dispose of their ruined carpet. Church workers do not think they will be open for Wednesday service.

More rain fell this afternoon, and village officials are beginning to determine re-designing Heyworth's drainage system.

(Image provided by Jodi Whalen.)

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