Weather causes flooding, sewer issues in Spencer

Weather causes flooding, sewer issues in Spencer
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Rain on top of snow that had nowhere to go caused flooding and sewer issues in Spencer Wednesday night into Thursday.

Spencer Public Works Director Mark White said there were several severe issues with standing water in the southern part of town.

“We had a lot of drainage issues in south Spencer, particularly south of Walmart along Fourth Avenue SW on the west side (in) the drainage ditch,” White said.

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The drainage ditch from 13th Street SW to 25th Street SW was filled with snow, preventing water from passing through, White said.

That area, White added, gets a lot of water off the nearby farm fields and municipal golf course.

  • Portions of south Spencer experienced flooding Wednesday and Thursday. Photo provided by Mark White.
  • Portions of south Spencer experienced flooding Wednesday and Thursday. Photo provided by Mark White.
  • Portions of south Spencer experienced flooding Wednesday and Thursday. Photo provided by Mark White.
  • Little Sioux River at Grand Avenue bridge Thursday.
  • Little Sioux River Thursday at W 18th Street Bridge.
  • Little Sioux River Thursday at W 18th Street Bridge.

“We ended up hiring private contractors to help dig that out,” White said. “So we’d like to really thank Adam DeLoss and Jake DeLoss, also Todd Krukow helped as well with an excavator.”


There were other areas around town with frozen culverts keeping water from flowing through.

White said he wanted to also thank Vaughn DeLoss, city street division employees, Veolia Water and Spencer Municipal Utilities for their help.

“Everybody played a part in operations yesterday,” White said.

There were also sewer backup issues on West Fourth Street west of Country Club Lane.

Crews worked late into the night, early morning hours pumping and bypassing operations, along with cleaning operations, to reduce the pressure in that system,” White said.

City street division crews were out working until around midnight, White said. Employees from Veolia Water checked equipment overnight to make sure operations were working properly.


The street division employees were back at it Thursday morning.

White said there were many other sewer flooding and street issues calls into the city that were due to plugged intakes and ice conditions.

“The concerns have kind of shifted from immediate to low-lying issues, culvert issues,” White said. “We’re having drainage issues at the airport, which doesn’t have the best drainage to begin with. It’s a real flat area, so we have a lot of work to do there as well.”

SMU responds to power outage Wednesday night

Spencer Municipal Utilities crews responded to a power outage Wednesday night that was caused by the weather conditions.

“Last night we experienced flooding in and around some distribution equipment in our electric system which caused a power outage for over 800 customers here in Spencer,” Amanda Gloyd, marketing and community relations manager, stated in a release.

SMU crews replaced four transformers to bring back power.


As of Thursday morning, all customers had regained power.


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