Iowans living in low-lying areas are keeping a close eye on rivers and streams as flood warnings and flood advisories are posted across a good portion of the state. Meteorologist Roger Valhollek, at the National Weather Service, says there are several areas of particular concern.
Valhollek says, “Fort Dodge is expecting to see conditions at least up to some major flooding in that area, and even in Cedar Falls, we may see some major flooding occurring.” He says much of Iowa’s seeing a double-whammy from Mother Nature right now, on the brink of spring.
Vallhollek says, “This is all because of the snow pack that we had during the winter months and then on top of that, the rainfall that we’re getting and all of it’s beginning to melt.” Some areas of northern Iowa had nearly two-feet of snow on the ground a few days ago, but heavy rain and temperatures creeping into the 40s and 50s are bringing a big turnaround very quickly. For more information, visit :www. weather.dot.gov“.
By Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City
Photo courtesy of Bob Fisher, KRIB, Mason City