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What To Expect When Temperatures Drop And Elements Freeze

With the winter comes so many wonderful things. Lots of holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and Valentine’s day. But winter can also bring some bitter cold weather that will freeze the pipes in your house if you don’t take the proper measures to prevent that from happening.

There are things that a homeowner can do themselves, and then there are other things it’s best to bring in a professional for like the experts at flood cleanup pros. Certainly, if your pipes freeze and then burst, this is something you really need a professional to take care of.

But there are a lot of things a homeowner can do inexpensively themselves that will help keep your pipes from freezing. Now, in some places, there are times when no matter what you have done to protect your pipes it gets so cold that pipes will freeze, but for most people in the US, that’s rarely going to happen, especially if you take appropriate measures to prevent it.

Most hardware and large home repair stores carry tubing that will wrap around your water pipes and insulate them from freezing. This is especially important for the pipes that are near exterior walls or run through crawl spaces.

Another way to keep your pipes from freezing is to leave the faucets turned on to a trickle. It is important that it is a trickle and not a drip, because a drip will not keep enough water running through the pipes to keep them from freezing. Running water doesn’t freeze easily, so a trickle is usually enough to keep the pipes from freezing. Luckily, this is most important to do at night, so the sound of constantly running water is less likely to be annoying to listen to.

Freezing pipes are fairly uncommon in newer homes because those insulation tubing will often be used during the building of the home. Also, when the plumbing is installed, care is taken to keep it away from exterior walls, or that when pipes have to be close to exterior walls, those walls are very well insulated.

Sometimes though, regardless of precautions, pipes will freeze. If you are able to notice it quickly enough, you can avoid the disaster of them bursting by using space heaters pointed directly towards the frozen pipes or taking a blow dryer and using that on the area of frozen pipes.

The best way to avoid frozen pipes is to keep the temperature in your home warm enough that the heating system, which is typically close to most of the plumbing pipes keep the pipes warm enough to prevent freezing.

If your pipes do freeze and burst, this is not something that a homeowner should even attempt to repair themselves. At this point, it is time to call in a professional like ABC Company who have the knowledge and experience to make the necessary repairs and replace the broken pipes. They will also take care of insulating the new pipes to prevent future incidents.

Several Day Blitz of Severe Weather Aimed at Central Plains This Week

Rain and thunderstorms will impact the Plains this week; just after a brief stoppage of the extreme storms. This will elevate the risk of flooding yet again for residents living in these states.

So what exactly is causing this sporadic and widespread system? According to a senior meteorologist with Accuweather, it will be due to a front that will stall from the west to the east from the Central Rockies, then to the Central Plains, before hitting the Midwest later this week. This front will act like a barrier; separating the warm and dry air to the north, and the hot and humid air to the south. This front will also act as an atmospheric highway of sorts, because it will cause repeating rounds of thunderstorms and showers.

Tropical moisture will also become a factor, and it will add to the instability of the thunderstorms and potential for excessive rainfall. Some of this moisture will be leftover from Blanca and will occur over the Southwest, but some of it will push through and make its way into the Plains and Midwest.

The first region that will experience thunderstorms will likely be the Rockies, but this system will then expand through the Central Plains on Wednesday and then continue on into the weekend. The areas that are expected to receive the most rain and should be alert for flooding are Nebraska, northern Kansas, southern Minnesota, and southwestern Wisconsin. That is not to say that other areas won’t flood out though – Wyoming, northern Minnesota, South Dakota, some areas in Michigan, the northern Texas Panhandle, northwestern Oklahoma, and Illinois may even see some localized flooding.

The elevated risk will really aim from central Missouri to Central Nebraska, as this is along the Missouri and North Platte rivers. There is still potential for localized rainfall of more than 6 inches in this cell through the middle of June in the pattern we see now.

It is important to be alert when flood watches are active in your area, because streams and rivers are already high from May’s excessive rain pattern which means that even a little bit of rain can do a lot of damage. This pattern may bring renewed flooding to some areas that have already been impacted, and cause flooding for the first time this year in others.

There will also be a flow of moist tropical air that will lead to more thunderstorms and showers in the central and eastern parts of Texas and the Southern Plains by the weekend. Some of these areas were hit with 1-2 feet of rain just during May. The return of moisture will only aggravate the flooding conditions in the South Central States. With tropical moisture, torrential downpours are very common. This means that Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana could see flooding conditions in the middle of the month. According to the National Climatic Data Center, May of 2015 has actually been the wettest month on record for the United States.

This report concluded that Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado all had a record wet May, which then resulted in widespread flooding. The drought footprint shrunk to 24.6 percent, which is the smallest coverage of drought across the nation since February 2011. The current statistics list that extreme drought is still holding on tightly to the West.

The Importance of Flood Insurance

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Flood insurance can save you a lot of money, and a lot of time in the event of a flood in your home. Water damage, or floods, can be very time consuming and very costly to any property owner, but this can be made easier by maintaining a flood insurance plan.

This year’s flood outlook highlights the areas that will be the most prone to flooding. This includes most of the Midwest states, as well as the east coast and even some of the south. Anybody who owns a home in these states should definitely look into having a flood insurance plan if they don’t already. In most cases, your policy won’t go into effect for about a month, so securing a plan now would be in your best interest.

So, what exactly will flood insurance do for you? Well, first, it will save you a lot of money if your home ends up flooding. In the United States, flooding is actually the number one most common natural disaster. It is important to be aware that a standard homeowner’s insurance policy will not cover flood damage. In order to be covered for flood related damages, you must actually purchase a flood insurance policy through a private insurance carrier or through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that was created through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Once you have decided which flood insurance carrier you want to purchase a plan through, there are some ways that you can lower the cost of your premium. If you do some minor home improvements, such as raising the elevation of your home, or even installing flood vents, can lower the risk of flooding on your property. Therefore, this lowers your monthly insurance payment. If you do decide to go this route, make sure that the cost doesn’t interfere with the money that you’ve set aside to meet your deductible. Another thing that you could do is to make your deductible higher or choose less coverage. If you agree to pay a little more if you file a claim, it will help you manage your premiums. Just always be sure that you can afford to come through with the cash if needed.

Also, if you live in an area that isn’t a high risk zone according to the NFIP, then you could consider not buying a plan with a lot of coverage, only enough for what would accommodate you. But no matter how well you plan ahead for a possible disaster, the costs could be more than you anticipate. If you don’t have a sound financial footing with money set aside for emergencies, it might be in your best interest to purchase a plan and get coverage. Flood policies in moderate to low-risk areas could cost less than what you pay on a monthly basis for cell phone coverage, and it will save you thousands of dollars if your home does in fact become damaged from a flood.

Artic Cold Temperatures Leaving A Path Of Destruction For Homeowners

Just as we’ve gotten through yet another blast of cold arctic air this winter that brought temperatures to the U.S that we haven’t witnessed in decades, we are to experience another two. Tuesday morning has the potential to be the coldest morning thus far this winter for some cities in the Northeast.

The most recent shot of cold air moved towards the south into the Midwest and Plains on Sunday, and the wind chills were in the 40s below in parts of North Dakota and northern Minnesota on Sunday morning. On Monday, subzero temperatures were seen as far south as Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Lows in the 30s below zero were recorded in some areas of northern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, and northern Michigan, but in the southern most areas of those states the temperatures stayed in the teens and 20s below zero.

The lowest temperature in the country on Monday was recorded in Clarksburg, which is located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The temperature that morning hit 36 degrees below zero.

So, what exactly can this type of weather do to your home? Well the first example that we’ve been seeing with all of this extremely cold weather is frozen/burst pipes. This occurs when the temperature drops below 20 degrees and pipes aren’t adequately insulated, or the heat may not be up high enough. If the pipe freezes, the pressure that it exerts on the pipe can burst it if frozen for too long. Also, water damage due to burst pipes is becoming an issue for residents all over the Northeast and Midwest. Ice damming has been a problem due to the harshly bitter cold as well.
So what can you do to combat this cold and make sure your home and plumbing is in tip top shape until these temperatures become milder? First off, the best preventative action you can take to prevent frozen pipes is by insulating them. Foam pipe insulation can be found at your local hardware store, and it won’t break the bank. If you would rather go with something a little less bulky, heat tape works just as well and can also be found at a local hardware store.

When the temperatures are this cold, it is also a good idea to keep the temperature in your house at 55 degrees or above at all times. Open up the cabinets in your kitchen and bathrooms so that the warmer air can circulate around the pipes and keep the warmth even throughout the pipe. Also, keeping your faucet at a slow trickle will release the pressure and keep the water moving so that it doesn’t have a chance to freeze.

If your pipes do happen to freeze and you have absolutely no idea who to call, call your local plumber for help! If you have sustained minor to major water damages because the pipe burst, you should then also call a certified water damage restoration company as well. If your pipe has only frozen, there are a couple of things that you can do to solve this issue on your own. The first option is to take a electric hair dryer and distribute the heat evenly throughout the pipe so that it thaws out. While doing this, you should have your faucet open so that the water that has thawed isn’t trapped in the pipe. Another option in this case is to soak towels in hot water and wrap them around the pipe. Just as you did with the hair dryer, you will want to keep your faucet open so the pressure of the water doesn’t burst the pipe once you thaw it.

Subzero Temperatures Causing Problems for Homeowners

A swath of more frigid air is making its way through the Midwest and Northeast through the rest of this week. From Chicago to New York city, records are being challenged during this blast of cold air. Some cities that are forecast to dip down into the teens include Birmingham, Charlotte, Columbia, Nashville, and Atlanta. Even residents of Florida will experience a cold chill, where temperatures could spiral downward to the lower 30s in some cities like Orlando, Melbourne, and Daytona Beach.

The worst of this cold is expected to arrive in the East on Thursday and Friday. Through the eastern region temperatures below 0 will be common for the rest of the week, and snow showers will be a common occurrence through the Great Lakes late into the week. These temperatures are dangerous and potentially life threatening. If you plan to go outside at all, make sure to cover up with extra layers, hats, and gloves to stay protected against frostbite and hypothermia.

Water main breaks have become very common throughout the Northeast and Midwest as this extreme cold penetrates deep into the ground, and this could quickly lead to icy areas where the lines may rupture. Even the South isn’t safe from the cold, and if you live in these regions, make sure that your plumbing is protected. If not, the lines could freeze and even some heat-pump furnaces could struggle to keep up with the unbearably cold temperatures.

To prevent your pipes from freezing, it would be a good idea to leave the water in the tap trickling slowly. Also, keep your cabinet doors open in cold rooms where the plumbing lines pass through.

This extreme cold can not only impact pipes to make them freeze, but it can cause pipes to burst as well. Many residents throughout the Northeast, Midwest, and even some areas in the South are currently experiencing a hike in burst pipes due to the cold temperatures. Along with burst pipes, ice damming and water damages are becoming a big problem on properties.

Once an ice dam forms, it can begin to send water into the home and if it isn’t taken care of, can lead to more extensive water damage and even mold in some cases. It is important to check on your plumbing systems and other areas of your home to make sure that your pipes aren’t freezing and that everything is in good working order. It is also beneficial to you, the homeowner, to know where your water main shut off valve is in case of a pipe burst. That way, you can minimize the damage by turning off the water.

To completely avoid these types of winter-weather related issues, you should take preventative measures in the fall and winterize your pipes and property. Water damage due to burst pipes can be very costly, and is not always covered by your standard homeowner’s insurance policy. If you suspect that your pipes have frozen, here are some tips to help you thaw them:

– Keep your faucet open. As the frozen areas start to melt, the water will flow out and running water will help melt ice in the pipe.

– Apply some heat to the frozen area using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, a hair dryer, or towels soaked in hot water.

– Use a portable space heater (kept away from any flammable materials) to warm underneath the house. You should NEVER leave your heater unattended.

– Apply heat until your water pressure is restored.

– If you cannot find the area that is frozen, it is not easily accessible, or you cannot seem to thaw it, call your local licensed plumber to come out and have a look at it.

Arizona and New Mexico On Alert For Potential Flash Flooding

Hurricane Odile Slammed into Mexico’s Baja California peninsula on Sunday night rather fiercely. The winds snapped pristine majestic trees as if they were mere twigs, and heavy rains utterly washed out roads, leaving 30,000 tourists and 4000 local residents stranded and trapped in Cabo San Lucas. While the stormed waned down to a category 1 hurricane, it brought heavy rains which caused large scale flooding through the region.

The winds devastated the area causing wide spread property damage, luckily no one was seriously injured. One resorts swimming pool was swept into the ocean the storm was so strong. The storm broke nearly every window in the resort town, including car and truck windows. The winds even toppled cars. One local resident stated “It looks like a middle east war zone here”.

Water entered into the first floor of buildings, and residents and tourists alike scrambled to protect their personal possessions from flood damage. As the storm moved on, the tail end of the storm caused more damage than the beginning of the storm did. More Debris, and high winds came following the storms exit from the area before calm finally settled in the affected areas. Mexico is post phoning their Independence day celebrations in Baja, which was Tuesday due to the havoc of the storm. The Mexican army is air lifting out some 30,000 stranded tourists to cities like Mazatlan, Guadalajara and Mexico City and Tijuana, which is the largest city on the Baja California Peninsula. From Tijuana the tourists will catch flights home. While the Los Cabos international airport terminal is littered with debris and has been damaged, the Mexican army made the runway useable to begin the airlifting process.

By Monday evening the storm had traveled to about 30 miles from Loreto, Mexico with sustained winds clocking in at 75 MPH as it headed further northwest. The hurricane was expected to be downgraded to a tropical storm by early Tuesday, and it has indeed been downgraded, however it still poses much danger due to the torrential rains it will be bringing to the American Southwest, including Arizona and New Mexico, and parts of Texas, in fact the rains from this storm will reach as far as Austin Texas come Wednesday or Thursday.

Mexican authorities are warning of yet even more landslides and flooding in the coming days, as even though the bulk of the storm has moved on they are being hit with the tail end of the storm. Shelters for up to 30,000 people have been prepared for various areas in Mexico effected by the storm. The number of shelters prepared is 164 shelters, although it is unclear why the shelters were not made ready before the storm made landfall, given the advance warning. Several areas of Baja are without power, and it could take days for the power to be restored, entire electric poles were snapped in half. Water and phone service is also out for many locals, the ones whose homes remain intact that is. San Jose Del Cabo looks utterly devastated by the storm, with debris everywhere and wide spread structural damage. Hundreds of homes were totally destroyed, leaving many locals homeless in the wake of the storm. Wide spread looting occurred following the storm, with local stores stripped of food, alcohol, batteries, water and other sundry items. The looting continued until the Mexican army arrived and put an end to the looting.

While Hurricane Odile has been downgraded to a tropical storm, it continues to soak parts of the Baja California Peninsula. Flash flooding and mudslides in the area can still occur officials caution. Despite the massive property damage, no loss of life is reported, and only 135 people were treated for minor injuries. Local residents meanwhile have begun the long process of cleaning up and restoring properties and roadways, a process that could take weeks if not months. Tropical storm Odile continues its trek into the American Southwest as of Wednesday.

Strong Storms Leave A Path Of Flash Flooding In Arizona

In Arizona and even in Nevada, record rain fall was recorded and flash floods swamped freeways and residential areas on Monday. It has been recorded that at least two people have died due to being trapped in the floodwaters. In Moapa, Nevada, flash flooding was reported about 45 miles northeast of Las Vegas on Monday afternoon. There had been a flash flood emergency that was declared in the area by the National Weather Service.

The Las Vegas branch of the National Weather Service stated that at one point, a dam in the community was just inches away from overtopping, but luckily the waters receded later on in the evening. On Monday night, the Nevada Highway Patrol said that there were many vehicles that were spotted floating down Interstate 15 in the Moapa area. On many social media sites, there have been pictures posted of I-15 near Moapa that is completely destroyed.
A rain gauge that is located in the Moapa area reported 4.67 inches of rain on Monday, which is more than two thirds of the average for that area. In the Las Vegas area, heavy downpours dumped one to two inches of rain in many neighborhoods that lead to extensive flash flooding. On Monday afternoon, at least two parking garages were flooded on the Vegas Strip, including the Quad Resort and Casino.

On Monday afternoon, all 29 miles of the Interstate 15 were closed due to flooding. A local fire department reported that it almost seemed like “waterfalls” flowing onto the freeway. They began diverting traffic from entering that stretch of the freeway.

In Phoenix, the Mayor Greg Stanton and the Governor Jan Brewer urged all non-government employees to stay home on Monday as they declared a state of emergency. In areas around Phoenix, including Tempe, Gilbert and Chandler their were widespread reports of homes and business underwater from the flash flooding.

Cars and even SUVs sat in the water that was up to their hoods on the freeway, while other motorists parked on the borders to avoid the rising waters. Interstate 10 between 51st and 35th avenues in Phoenix was one of the hardest hit stretches, but luckily it was cleaned up and re-opened at about 2 P.M yesterday. There were many school closures in the area due to the adverse weather. APS reported that about 10,000 customers were without power in the metro area, and it was difficult to restore the power due to the flooded roadways.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport recorded an all-time wettest calendar day record, picking up 3.29 inches of rain since Midnight as of 4 p.m MST, breaking the previous record that was set 75 years ago. This is more than the average for July, August, and September combined.

The precipitation frequency estimate, which is set up by the NOAA, this heavy a precipitation event in a six hour time period has only a 0.002 percent chance of happening in any given year.

This event was so catastrophic because the desert terrain present in the area is already incapable of holding large amounts of water, and when heavy rainfall hits these urban areas, it is only imaginable that a disaster can occur. This threat continued throughout Monday, and the National Weather Service issued flash flood watches for parts of the five states listed: California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and Utah.
On Sunday, Southern California emergency crews responded to many reports of stranded vehicles on parts of I-215 and Highway 74. Torrential downpours in the area caused downed trees and snapped power lines in the Riverside area. Emergency crews had to rescue several people trapped in their vehicles, but no injuries were reported.
California has been in a drought since April, and at least 94 percent of the state has been in drought since May 2013. Even though there were many heavy thunderstorms that pounded the region as of late, Riverside has still had less than 2.5 inches of rain since Jan 1st. That’s more than 7 inches below the average rainfall for the year to date.

On-going Flood Cleanup Efforts in Detroit

In the wake of historic flooding that left a great deal of destruction across Detroit, Michigan governor Rick Snyder declared a disaster for metro Detroit counties due to the thousands of flooded basements and raw sewage spills that took place. As Detroiters are working hard to restore their flooded properties by sifting through debris, some people have chosen to scavenge through that debris that is being placed on curbs, raising health concerns.

The flood damage is so severe across Detroit that local officials are pleading for assistance, citing that it will be impossible for their communities to handle all the work on their own. They say that they’re in desperate need for state and federal help and that it needs to come quickly. Jim Fouts, mayor of Warren, said Wednesday that there is a big public health concern in his city, which was hit very hard by flooding. Many Warren residents report that their homes smell like raw sewage.

Fouts said that the rain left 1,000 vehicles stranded in Warren and that the flooding has destroyed a countless number of basements in his city. Warren is Metro Detroit’s third largest city with over 125,000 residents. Approximately 5.3 inches of rain came down in Warren in just a 13 hour period. While things have gotten better there, officials say that it will take several more days to clear streets of abandoned automobiles. Fouts said that he is considering asking for federal help which may include assistance from FEMA.

The flooding that took place across the Metro Detroit area was dramatic and something most residents have never before witnessed. All of the city’s main freeways were flooded, forcing them to close down completely due to several feet of standing water. This flooding event in Detroit was caused by the heaviest rain since 1925. Most of the rain fell Monday, making that day the second-wettest day on record, according to the National Weather Service. The floods in the Detroit area led to scores of high water rescues and at least two deaths were being blamed on the flash flooding.

Residents in many Detroit area communities have been left to face cleaning up flooded basements. Many people reported having several feet of water in the lower levels of their homes which left furniture and other belongings floating in dirty, cold water. All across the Metro Detroit area, neighbors are pitching in to help clean up the mess left behind. The cleanup efforts across Detroit can take several weeks to complete. Many affected residents are turning to flood restoration services to help them deal with flooded basements.

Hurricanes Julio & Iselle Target the Big Island of Hawaii

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Hurricane Iselle, headed towards the Big Hawaiian islands, is still a Category 1 hurricane. This tropical system is present in the eastern Pacific, and has sustained winds of 85 mph with the possibility of the gusts strengthening. Iselle will then continue on a west-northwestward track throughout the rest of the evening. Hurricane Julio is still categorized as a Category 1 Hurricane and is tracked right now to Iselle’s east. It is projected that Julio will follow a path largely similar to Iselle’s.

Hurricane Iselle began weakening substantially earlier in the day on Wednesday, but it has become more organized on Wednesday afternoon. It has a large and defined eye that is showing up on the satellite images.

Rip currents, as well as swells and high surf currents will strengthen today through tomorrow for the Big Island and Maui, Hawaii. The winds associated with the systems will then begin to increase across the Big Island on Thursday afternoon, and it will be especially strong across the higher terrain. Winds may even reach 40-60 mph. If the winds reach above 60 mph, it will impact the foothills of the Big Island as well as any higher terrain of the Big Island and Maui late Thursday into Thursday night. This is more than likely to cause widespread power outages. Rainfall amounts are expected to be about 4 inches or possibly greater.

The totals could reach an excess of 8 inches and will lead to life threatening flooding as well as mudslides, especially over the foothills of the Big Island. Roads may also be washed out due to extensive torrential rains and flash flooding. Iselle will impact the rest of the smaller islands with flooding rainfall and strong wind gusts that could be potentially dangerous on Friday.

As of today, Hurricane Julio is centered about 1,650 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii. The sustained winds are recorded at about 75 mph right now. This tropical system is projected to continue strengthening throughout the eastern Pacific on a steady course that will bring it towards Hawaii over the weekend. This system is seeing a bit of a northeast wind shear, but because it is tracking throughout warm waters it will continue to strengthen over the next 24-48. As Julio passes over cooler sea-surface temperatures it will begin to weaken before it hits Hawaii, but because of the specific track that it is on right now, the conditions still may be severe. It is expected to bring heavy rain, flash flooding, and very damaging winds.

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The latest model shows that Julio will pass north and east of Hawaii late this weekend which will indefinitely cause less impact on some of the smaller Hawaiian islands. But, this system could possibly shift south and cause some severe damage by hitting the Big Island. The Hawaiian Hurricane center will need to closely monitor Julio’s progress as the days pass.

The National Hurricane Center has issued an advisory on Hurricane Julio, as it is centered at about 1,4000 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja peninsula. There is a surface trough that is active and located 700 miles west of Acapulco, Mexico, and it is causing some rain showers and thunderstorm activity. The development of this system is expected to be slow moving, and it is moving west-northwestward at about 10-15 mph.

In wake of hurricane season, it is important to be prepared for the worst. Have an emergency kit, supplies, and important documents and prescriptions with you at all times. For more information on how to get prepared for a hurricane, you can visit the FEMA’s Ready.gov website.

To further track these changing tropical storms, check out these resources:

FEMA

Hurricane Tracking

AccuWeather

The Weather Channel

Ready.gov

Torrential Rain Causes Significant Flooding in Iowa

Heavy downpours of rain that fell across the eastern portion of Iowa have resulted in some significant flooding. High overnight rain totals left many residents forced to face dealing with flood damage as more rain is being forecast. The heavy rain started falling Sunday night around the Cedar Rapids area, resulting in sewer backups and the washout of numerous roadways.

Rescue crews spent most of Sunday night assisting motorists who were stranded in flood-waters. Many people had to abandon their vehicles as the flash flooding occurred quickly. Many vehicles are still sitting in water early Monday on numerous roads across the Cedar Rapids area. Multiple roadways are completely washed away which has prompted road officials to detour traffic. People are being advised to take it slowly on their commutes to and from work Monday as many roads have standing water and more rain is being forecast to come down.

Sunday night, flooding forced the closure of the emergency department at Cedar Rapids’ Medical Center. Patients were either discharged or moved to other departments in the facility after rainwater entered the building through the emergency entrance. The roof of the medical center also sustained some damage from the rain that drenched portions of eastern Iowa Sunday night through Monday morning.

Several twisters were reported as heavy rainfall and hail pounded many parts of the state of Iowa. At least six tornadoes were seen by spotters Sunday. The wind was gusting at about 60 miles per hour Sunday in Madison County which tore the roof off a building and did damage to many trees as well as a home near the town of Otho. In nearby Harrison County, hailstones the size of baseballs came down briefly.

The Cedar River in Cedar Rapids rose over two feet in just about three hours time Sunday. Many residents and motorists alike were caught off guard by the flooding that took place. A spokesman for the city of Cedar Rapids said that every part of the city experienced some type of flash flooding as water was rushing through many neighborhoods. Some cars and trucks that were parked actually were swept down the streets or up into people’s yards from the very fast moving floodwater.