Overnight Rains Lead to Flash Flooding; Highway 1, Highway 151 Closed
By Max Walker, Digital Editor
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Rain Sunday night and into Monday morning dropped three inches or more on many parts of eastern Iowa. With river levels just returning to normal after the summer's first round of river flooding and ground already saturated with moisture, streets and low-lying areas quickly filled with water.
In Linn County, Highway 151 is closed at the Prairie Creek bridge near Fairfax. The bridge collapsed after a semi-trailer truck crossed it, according to the Linn County Sheriff's Office. Detour information is not yet available.
And Highway 1 is closed north of Mount Vernon after a large portion of the roadway washed away due to rising floodwaters, the sheriff's office said.
The rain created a busy night for first responders in Jones County. Dispatchers said firefighters in Morley went door-to-door evacuating residents because of flash flooding. Volunteers joined firefighters in Olin and Wyoming to help with sandbagging.