DES MOINES – Recent rainfall and melting snow has caused local flooding in many Iowa rivers.
While most of the flooding affects agricultural land, residents in low areas along rivers should be aware of local river conditions. Travelers who see water running across a road should turn around and take another route. Floodwaters can be unpredictable and it takes only a few inches of water to cause a vehicle to float.
As of noon Thursday, the National Weather Service had issued flood warnings for the following areas:
- Minor flooding expected along the Mississippi River in Des Moines County north of and at Burlington until Saturday morning.
- Major flooding on the Wapsipinicon River near De Witt until Wednesday evening.
- Moderate flooding for the North Skunk River near Sigourney until Friday morning.
- Moderate flooding on the Iowa River at Marengo until Saturday morning.
- Minor flooding along the Cedar River near Conesville until Sunday.
- Minor flooding along the Iowa River at Columbus Junction until Sunday.
- Minor flooding along the Iowa River at Wapello until Monday.
Eight of the 14 Presidential Disaster Declarations since 2007 in Iowa were for flooding. Major floods often occur during late spring and summer, although heavy rains and flash floods can occur at any time. Despite that risk, only about 18 percent of the more than 53,000 homes, businesses and other structures in Iowa’s high-risk floodplain areas are covered by flood insurance.
Now is the time to buy flood insurance, because there is a 30-day waiting period before policies are effective and most home insurance policies do not cover flood damage.
To find out more about federally-backed flood insurance, visit www.floodsmart.gov
Check current alerts on local rivers at the National Weather Service’s website http://alerts.weather.gov/cap/ia.php?x=1