Iowa at Tipping Point for Major Flood Event

It’s the wettest spring on record in Iowa, and all that rain has set the stage for a potential major flood.

The average rainfall of 16.4 total inches during the months of March, April and May is the most that’s fallen in 141 years of records, state Climatologist Harry Hillaker said Wednesday. The previous record was 15.5 inches in 1892; normal is just over 10 inches.

Rivers around the state are overflowing – from the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers in central Iowa to the Cedar and Iowa rivers in eastern Iowa – and the Mississippi River is expected to flood in southeast Iowa, including the city of Burlington.

All of this is leading to closed roads and flooded basements. Low-lying farmland with newly planted corn and some still unplanted sits underwater. Emergency managers are going into flood-planning mode. The concern now is that another storm system that’s forecast to move into Iowa on Wednesday and Thursday could produce severe thunderstorms and locally heavy rainfall. Read the entire article at ClaimsJournal.com

Posted by FloodControlAmerica on 05/31 at 09:55 AM in Flood News • (0) Comments

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