As National Guard crews sandbag flooding areas of Minnesota and the Dakotas, many parts of Iowa are experiencing high water that threatens to become a more serious problem. Brad Fillbach, meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Johnston, says there are several areas in Iowa that are being paid close attention. He says the north central to northeast parts of Iowa are being closely monitored. Two eastern Iowa counties are under an urban and small stream flood advisory until 1 p-m — Muscatine and Scott. In northern Iowa, a flood warning is in effect for Estherville, where the West Fork of the Des Moines River is at 11-point-two feet. Flood stage there is seven feet. Fillbach says other areas are concerns too. Algona is two feet over flood stage along the Des Moines River’s East Fork — and it’ll likely be that way for a few days. Fillbach says parts of northeast Iowa are also seeing flooding. Janesville on the Cedar River is at 11-point-three feet with flood stage at 11. A crest is expected this afternoon around 13 feet. Several southern Iowa counties were under a flash flood warning earlier this morning — Ringgold, Decatur and Wayne counties — but no serious damage is reported.
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