Flood Buyouts: Elkport, IA

All but one home in Elkport was destroyed by the flooding Volga River in 2004 and bought out shortly after. Residents have relocated to higher ground in Elkport and surrounding towns. The floor, flag and satellite dish of the old community center still remain.

One of the houses burned before the flood; the other was bought out and demolished. The garages and telephone poles are evidence of the destroyed town.

Some residents still receive mail at the mailboxes in the valley. In the background to the left, you can see work beginning on a new community center.

The playground and baseball field were there before the flood. The valley used to be filled with homes and businesses.

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