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This Spooky Small Town In Iowa Could Be Right Out Of A Horror Movie

Many Iowa towns have suffered flood damage over the years. Most Iowans will remember the devastating floods of 2008 that decimated homes, buildings and businesses. Most recently, Northeastern Iowa has been ravaged by the overflowing waters of the Turkey River. Many communities are still in the process of rebuilding and recovering from flooding, or have only just begun to assess and deal with the damage.

The small town of Elkport has a haunting history of flooding, demolition and loss. The town was originally located at the intersection of the Turkey and Volga Rivers. In 2004, the two rivers flooded simultaneously, sending water over the levee on the south end of the town. Given the number of previous floods, the town voted to demolish its current buildings and relocate its citizens. In 2006, the entire town was leveled.

This slideshow of Elkport memorializes the history and structures of the now mostly demolished town.

If you’re interested in other abandoned Iowa towns, This Haunting Road Trip Through Iowa Ghost Towns Is One You Won’t Forget.