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Heavy rains cause flash flooding again

June 25, 2013
By LUKE STALZER - Contributing Writer ( , Times-Republican

Heavy rains and thunderstorms that passed through central Iowa left many city streets under water Monday afternoon.

According to the National Weather Service, four inches of rain have already fallen on Marshall County and more is expected to fall within the next couple of days.

Many sewer drains around the city had trouble keeping up with the heavy rains and caused street flooding for several roads in the town, Marshalltown Police Captain Brian Batterson said.

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Heavy rains prove too much for the sewer drains causing many streets in town to become flooded, including the intersection of North Third Street and Lincoln Street on Marshalltown’s north side.

Batterson said there were at least two reports of vehicles stalled in standing water near Marion Street and 12th Avenue and by Casey's on East Main Street.

"Those are notorious areas," he said.

Batterson said people should avoid driving through standing water because the dangers are unknown.

"You never know what's underneath the water," he said. "It's better to find a different way around."

There were no other incidents reported as a result of the severe weather, Batterson said.

According to Alliant Energy, one customer in Tama County is without power as well as one customer in Grundy County, while seven are without power in Hardin County and 92 are without power in Poweshiek County. Marshall County has no reported power outages.

The National Weather Service reported at 4 p.m. Monday afternoon that the Iowa River was at 13.26 feet and it should crest Thursday at 13.6 feet. Flood stage is 19 feet.



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