Quick Action Bails Out Longtime Grocer After Flood

Dave Wilke, president of Wilke's supermarket, used to refer to a disaster that hit his town nearly 20 years ago as the big flood. Not any more. Last month, the Turkey River rose 5 feet over a dike that had been built to prevent another massive flood, and it washed right through Wilke's, a fifth-generation independent store and at 141 years the oldest family-owned food retailer in

ELKADER, Iowa — Dave Wilke, president of Wilke's supermarket here, used to refer to a disaster that hit his town nearly 20 years ago as “the big flood.”

Not any more.

Last month, the Turkey River rose 5 feet over a dike that had been built to prevent another massive flood, and it washed right through Wilke's, a fifth-generation independent store and — at 141 years — the oldest family-owned food retailer in the state.

“We celebrated our 140th anniversary at this

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