Area River Levels (Current and Forecast)

Click on the rivers below for the current level and forecast crest.

Beaver Creek

Cedar River

English River

Iowa River

Maquoketa River

Mississippi River

Shell Rock River

Turkey River

Upper Iowa River

Wapsipinicon River

West Fork Cedar River

 

NWS Des Moines Rivers…Click here.

NWS Davenport Rivers…Click here.

NWS La Crosse Rivers…Click here.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on December 16, 2015

Flood Watch

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.

Areal Flood Watch

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:

Turkey River Elkader Turkey River Garber

Now to the Iowa River at Marengo, where a Flood Warning is in effect until further notice for moderate flooding:

Iowa River

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:
English River kalona

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:

Cedar River Move vinton Cedar River Move CF Cedar River Move waterloo Cedar River Move CR

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

Storms Yesterday

It was a wild evening and night for areas around Des Moines and west, on Wednesday. Showers and storms developed around 5:30 pm and developed into a massive cluster of storms. Very heavy rain caused many problems last night and this morning. Rivers, in that area, are getting to near record levels in a just a short period of time. The map is a radar estimate on how much rain fell. It shows the area with the heaviest rain.

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Here are a few rain totals.

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Here is a look at Grand Ave. in West Des Moines from a drone.

Click on the image below to take you to the Des Moines Register photo gallery.
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Take a look at this visible satellite image from Wednesday afternoon.

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This post was written by Schnack on June 25, 2015

Flooding Rain

FLASH FLOOD WARNING IS IN EFFECT for parts of eastern Iowa.

KWWL 2015 MAX Storm ED

Heavy rain continues to fall across parts of eastern Iowa this evening. The ground is saturated already in many areas. The latest Flash Flood Guidance indicates the ground can only handle about 2″ of rain in 3 hours before flash flooding would occur.
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Here are some rain estimates during the last 24 hours as of 8 PM.
KWWL 2015 MAX Storm ED

The band of heavy rain is moving northeast at 20 mph. Areas under the heavy rain or areas east of it, on the radar image below, will experience heavy rain for a few hours. Make sure you sump pumps are working. I have heard from many people already that theirs are constantly running.

The heaviest rain and storms will be east of the Mississippi River by midnight.

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This post was written by Schnack on June 11, 2015

Oklahoma City Flooding

A number of severe thunderstorms produced not only severe weather (tornadoes/large hail/high wind), but also historic flooding. The map below shows where the heaviest of rain fell near Oklahoma City, OK.

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I have never seen or heard of this before, but the tornado shelter in the ground wound up lifting out of the ground so much rain.

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Photo above from KOCO-TV

 

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This post was written by Schnack on May 7, 2015

More Flash Flooding Thursday

Additional flash flooding is likely with more showers/storms today.1

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This post was written by Schnack on June 19, 2014

Terrible Flooding in Pensacola, FL

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Pensacola, FL had a tremendous amount of rain last night. The radar estimates are between 12-16″ (image above). That amount of rain in such a short period of time caused horrific damage. The images below were taken by Shelly Davis.

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This post was written by Schnack on April 30, 2014

Possible Record Flooding Along the Wapsipinicon River

An estimate of 6-8″ of rain fell last night in Buchanan County causing a dangerous situation. The river will be rising rapidly to record levels today at Independence and by Friday at Anamosa.
June 26 IndeeJune 26 Anamosa

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This post was written by Schnack on June 26, 2013

Flooding Photos

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This post was written by Schnack on May 22, 2013

Record Flooding in Kalona

The English River at Kalona is near record level this evening. The forecast shows the water receding.

Apr 19 Kalona

Here are a few photos of the flooding at Kalona taken by Bill Gatchel.

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This post was written by Schnack on April 19, 2013