Meteorologist Jeff Zogg, at the National Weather Service, says a few dark clouds and light showers will move across Iowa’s southern half today, but after that, skies should begin to clear.
“We will be drying out in a relative sense across the state,” Zogg says. “It looks like the really heavy rainfall that we’ve been seeing has moved out. The remnants of Gordon, we’re not expecting that to bring widespread heavy rainfall to the state, just basically some rainfall to extreme southern and southeast Iowa this weekend.”
Some parts of Iowa have seen record rains with two, three and four inches of rain per day — or more — but other areas of the state are still quite dry. In that respect, Zogg says the remains of that tropical storm will bring welcome precipitation.
“Most of the impact from Gordon will occur across extreme southern and southeast Iowa where, actually, they can take the rain in a relative sense the most,” Zogg says. “That’s where some of the drought conditions have been occurring and that’s where most of the rain is expected to fall.”
As communities like Cedar Rapids prepare for the high water, Zogg notes most of the flooding so far has been in low-lying areas that commonly get soaked. While some roads and parks are closed, few Iowa homes have been impacted and there have only been a couple of evacuations.
“The worst flooding is expected to occur across eastern Iowa where there is moderate to major flooding occurring across some of the rivers there but a relative dry period,” Zogg says. “We can expect the rivers to gradually fall next week.” Major flooding is expected on the Cedar River at Cedar Falls and the Wapsipinicon River at Independence, with moderate flooding of the Iowa River at Tama and other places like Beaver Creek in Hudson.