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Flooding Impacting Eastern Iowa

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    April 3, 2014 | 1:25 pm
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Days of rain is causing flooding in several eastern Iowa towns. And it's not likely to slow any time soon.

    New Hartford reports flooding in town after water from Beaver Creek overflowed a rural road that serves as a dike. Highway 57 is closed through both New Hartford and Parkersburg. The Red Cross set up an emergency shelter in Shell Rock to help those hit the hardest by flooding in northeast Iowa.

    Highway 63 is now closed South of Tama.

    In Iowa County, Highway 6 is closed between Marengo and Ladora because of flooding. U.S. 63 is closed between Montezuma and New Sharon.

    Highway 14 and 233 north of Marshalltown are closed for flooding. The National Weather Service predicts the Iowa River will crest at a record 22 feet in Marshalltown early this week.

    National Weather Service forecaster Kurt Kotenberg says 3-to-6 inches of rain is expected across Iowa this week after 6-to-8 inches of rain fell in the past few days.

    Kotenberg says the ground simply can't absorb more water right now. So flash flooding will remain a concern across Iowa.