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Heavy Rain Leads to Flash Flooding

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CEDAR COUNTY, Iowa -- Flooding in Lowden led to road closures and several evacuations Monday morning.

Tim Malott, with the Cedar County Emergency Management Agency, said the flooding he saw in Lowden on Monday is the worst he's seen in the town of 786 people.

Malott said Monday afternoon that the fire department had to evacuate five houses along Highway 30 on the north side of the road, adding those houses likely have two to three feet of water in them. He said everyone was evacuated safely and no one has been injured in the flooding, though the department did have to rescue one man who drove into through floodwater in his truck. He was also unharmed. An additional three buildings along Highway 30 were also likely affected, he said.

The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities issued a flood warning for northern Cedar County this morning, which is expected to extend into early Tuesday. That warning said between 4 and 6 inches of rain have hit the area since the warning was issued, and strong thunderstorms moving into the area could worsen flooding, or lead to flooding in other areas.

Floodwater began to cover roads around 8 a.m. and as of Monday afternoon, two roads had closed, including one closure at the intersection of 160th Street and Snyder, as well as the bridge along the Herbert Hoover Highway near town. Though Malott said he's hopeful those roads will be open within a few days, he said that will depend largely on the weather, as the National Weather Service has predicted another 1 to 3 inches of rain in the area this evening.

"The big problem is there's a forecast for more rain, how much, we're not really sure, but they're saying heavy downpours so that's concerning," Malott said.

He said no volunteers are needed to assist with sandbagging at this time, but that may change if the rain persists into the evening.

"You know, it's going as good as expected right now, if you get a lot of water you're going to have some damage," Malott said, adding the area got about 6 inches of rain last night that carried into the morning. "We did get more water than we've ever seen, I don't remember ever seeing water go over the main entrance into Lowden over Highway 30."

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