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NEW: Driver who died in flooding incident identified

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CHICKASAW COUNTY (KWWL) -

Chickasaw County authorities identify the driver killed from Wednesday morning's flooding incident.

The Sheriff's Office confirms 77-year-old Albert Gott was killed after his vehicle was swept away by fast-moving water across Union Avenue in Chickasaw County.

Authorities say Gott was on his way to work around 4:38 a.m. Wednesday when he approached a low-lying area of Union covered in water.

The water swept his vehicle to the ditch, and he was able to escape to the roof of his vehicle and call 911.

Authorities say by the time they sent help to the 1100 block of Union Avenue, Gott was no longer on the roof of his vehicle.

Crews searched by air, land, and water Wednesday afternoon, and they were able to find his body near the area he went missing Wednesday afternoon.

The Chickasaw County Sheriff's Office say Gott was from the rural-Sumner area, and they send their heartfelt sympathies to the family.


Chickasaw County authorities say they found a man's body near Union Avenue between Lawler and Protivin.

According to authorities, they were called near the 1100 block of Union Avenue at 4:38 a.m. Wednesday for a man trapped on his pick-up truck roof.

Authorities say he was driving to work Wednesday, when he came across a water-covered portion of Union Avenue, and he was swept to the ditch.

The driver was able to escape to the roof of his pick-up truck and call for help, but by the time help arrived, he was already gone.

Several agencies spent the morning searching by land, water, and even air. 

By Wednesday afternoon, the Chickasaw County Sheriff confirmed the man's body was found in the area.


The Chickasaw County's Sheriff's Office says authorities are looking for a man they believe was swept away by floodwaters this morning.

They saw a man was on his way to work around 4:40 a.m. when his car went off the road and into the ditch. It happened north of Lawler, about 30 miles southwest of Decorah.

Law enforcement officers found his car, but so far, no sign of the driver.

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