A large storm system has brought heavy rain across eastern Iowa, with quite a bit of moisture for this time of year. Temperatures are unseasonably warm, so the precipitation has been all rain this time around. Daily rainfall records for December 23rd were broken in the big four: Waterloo, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. With the heavy rainfall, there is the potential for area creeks and rivers to rise above Flood Stage. A Flood Watch is out for Allamakee, Black Hawk, Clayton, Fayette, Grundy, Tama and Winneshiek counties through Monday morning. This is for low-lying areas, and areas that are prone to flooding.
Flood warnings have already been issued on a few rivers in eastern Iowa. We start on the Turkey River at Elkader and Garber, where a Flood Warning is in effect from Monday morning until Wednesday afternoon for minor flooding:
Now to the Iowa River at Marengo, where a Flood Warning is in effect until further notice for moderate flooding:
There is not a warning out as of Sunday evening for the English River at Kalona, but the river is forecast to go above flood stage Monday evening:
The Cedar River is forecast to have minor to moderate flooding in Vinton, Cedar Falls, Waterloo and Cedar Rapids later next week. A Flood Warning is in effect for the Cedar River at Cedar Falls until December 20th:
These forecast take into account rainfall in the previous 24 hours, and forecast rain amounts, so they are subject to change.
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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on December 13, 2015