Spencer Flooding Emergency - June 2024

posted on Saturday, June 22, 2024 in Public Notices

Spencer, IA and Clay County are experiencing historic flooding as of June 22, 2024.  Below is information to help residents navigate the current situation.

Spencer Hospital and Emergency Department are open and accepting patients in need of medical care. The hospital is located at 1200 - 1st. Ave. E., Spencer, IA.  If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911.

As our community recovers from this disaster, it's important to prioritize safety and well-being. Seek medical attention for any injuries or illnesses, and support each other through this challenging time. Remember that recovery is a process, and taking care of yourself and your community is key to rebuilding stronger than before.

TDAP (Tetanus) Vaccinations

  • Hy-Vee Pharmacy | M-F: 9 am - 6 pm
  • Thrifty White Pharmacy | M-F: 9 am - 6 pm | (beginning 6/11/24)
  • Make an appointment with your healthcare provider at Avera Medical Group Spencer, Hartley Family Care, or Milford Family Care.
  • If you do not have insurance, you can make an appointment with Clay County Public Health by calling 712-264-6380.

For More Information - Immunization Recommendations During A Natural Disaster

Clinic Information

  • Avera Medical Group Spencer Clinic & Quick Care are open normal hours. Patients in need of assistance can call the clinic directly at 712-264-3500.
  • Hartley Family Care of Spencer Hospital is open normal hours for anyone needing an appointment. Please call 712-928-1020.
  • Milford Family Care of Spencer Hospital is open normal hours for anyone needing an appointment. Please call 712-338-2461.
  • Sioux Rapids Family Care of Spencer Hospital will relocate to 702 Blake St., Sioux Rapids, IA.  Physical Therapy services will be offered beginning Monday (7/1/24).  All other services will open the week of July 15.

Pharmacy Updates:

Thrifty White Pharmacy located in Spencer, Iowa, has undergone restoration following impacts of the flood and will reopen for business on Thursday 7/11/2024 at 9am. The temporary mobile pharmacy located in the South East Corner of Menard’s parking lot will close on Wednesday 7/10/2024 at 7pm.  Starting on Thursday 7/11/2024 at 9am, all prescriptions records will be transferred back to the pharmacy located at 715 S. Grand Ave. Spencer, IA 51301 and will be available for pick-up at that time.  The Spencer, IA Pharmacy can be contacted at 712-262-1523upon reopening.

Many Thanks:

We would like to thank the dedicated staff of Spencer Hospital who have been focused on caring for our patients and community, even while many are facing hardships themselves. We would also like to thank neighboring emergency services, hospitals, and businesses who have offered support and resources to meet the needs of Spencer and Clay County residents during this time.

We also thank the City of Spencer, Clay County, and state emergency teams for their diligent efforts in the recent days. They have worked tirelessly to protect residents and vital resources like Spencer Hospital.

Safety Information:

Carbon Monoxide: Use proper ventilation when operating fuel-burning equipment such as gas generators or gas sump pumps in enclosed spaces to protect yourself from Carbon Monoxide. It is recommended that generators remain 20 feet from your building when in use. Call 911 if you are experiencing any symptoms.  Signs of carbon monoxide poisoning to watch for include:

  • Dull headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Drowsiness

Carbon monoxide detectors are available to be picked up at Foundation Church. If you are physically unable to get to Foundation Church, please call City Hall (712-580-7200).

 IF YOU SMELL GAS, OR EVIDENCE OF IT, GET OUT OF THE HOME IMMEDIATELY AND CALL 911. 888 call center number also avail for non-immediate emergency needs.

FEMA Officials are in Spencer for disaster assistance. All Officials will have a FEMA Badge. Do NOT provide personal information if they do not have a badge! They are currently canvasing neighborhoods.  Begin to apply for disaster assistance online: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

FEMA has opened a Disaster Recovery Center in the Tower Gate Pavilion on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer.  The Center will be open from 8:00am-6:00pm every day until further notice. The Center will provide one-on-one assistance for people affected by the recent flooding and storms. Recovery specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will provide information on available services, explain disaster assistance programs and help people complete or check the status of applications for federal assistance.

Additional updates and resources can be found at the City of Spencer Recovery Resource Page linked below. will be provided as available.

Additional Resources

City of Spencer Recovery Resource Page

Mental Wellness Resources

Disaster Cleanup Tips

Avoid Overheating