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.