Flooding is a problem in parts of Iowa today as the heavy rainfall Wednesday flows into streams and rivers. National Weather Service forecaster Gary Forster says some areas had rains as heavy as six inches.
Forster says the main rain areas were in west-central into central and south-central Iowa, and that’s where most of the flooding is occurring. Forster says the edges of the state got a couple of inches of rain.
Forster says it will take a couple days for the water to flow through. He says there’s an area of four-inch rains over a six or seven-county area on the northern reaches of the Raccoon river, and all that water will flow down in the next three or four days. Forster says there’s some flooding in Ames that’s getting up around the 1993 stage.
Forster says the prospect for some drying out looks good. He says the next chance for rain is Tuesday, and things are going to warm up into the 70s and low 80’s. Forster says it’s been several years since we’ve had a sustained heavy rain like this over a widespread area.