Iowa flood video from Oakville

Hogs in Iowa after flooding in Oakville Iowa hundreds of pigs died
Video of flooding in Oakville, Iowa. Hundreds of hogs died when floodwaters swept into hog confinement buildings after the levees broke in Oakville. This video gives a compelling account of the emotional impact of flooding in Oakville, Iowa. A few hogs were rescued, however, several were euthanized. Please note, some of the images in the video are quite graphic.

Jeff Boyer never imagined that one day he would be riding over his corn fields in a fishing boat. But early Thursday morning, he and his wife, Barb, were doing just that, as they went to assess the damage to what had been a highly productive 1,000-acre family farm.

The farm sat just below the convergence of the Iowa and Mississippi Rivers near the tiny town of Oakville, Iowa. Five days earlier, the Boyers and their neighbors lost a frantic battle to save their homes and farms when the levee that had held back the Iowa River broke, submerging the entire town of Oakville and flooding 17,000 acres of prime farmland.

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via PBS

3 thoughts on “Iowa flood video from Oakville”

  1. I have a ton of respect for that farmer and his wife when she noted that it was their decision to not carry flood insurance. I wish more people (and to Eric – OF ALL RACES! :) ) would take personal responsibility for their actions. What a courageous stand in face of tragedy.

  2. They most likely “chose” to not have flood insurance because it was a way to cut operating costs. I’m guessing it was not a courageous choice. It was probably dictated by economic necessity.

  3. I dont u nderstand WHY they didnt haul out more pigs in livestock trucks before flood hit????
    79 pigs got saved is what i understand, because they saved themselves….

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