Interesting Mix of Weather Impacts Eastern Iowans

By Jill Kasparie, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - In many places, people had their hands full with an interesting mix of weather on Thursday.

"My heart just kind of dropped, I panicked at first. I didn't know what to do," said Dustin Gatewood.

Gatewood had a mess on his hands when the basement of his northwest Cedar Rapids home flooded after the heavy rains.

"It started rushing through the door there, right above the hinges about eight, nine inches up. So, I grabbed anything I could find towels, blankets, foam, whatever, and we were actually trying to hold the water back from coming in the door," Gatewood said.

Gatewood said the storm drain on the street at the top of his driveway was covered with several feet of snow. The water had nowhere to go.

"From my garage about a half a block down, out of my driveway it looked like the Cedar River," Gatewood said.

Firefighters dug out the drain and water levels went down. Now, it's clean up time.

Down in Kalona, people were picking up the pieces.

"You could barely -- couldn't see 20 feet out the window," said Kalonial Transport's Shawn Kauffman.

A storm roared through town Thursday afternoon. The crew at the trucking company said the winds took out the big sign in front of their building.

"The winds picked up to 50 - 60 miles an hour, probably. The sign shattered outside, the rain was going straight sideways. It was as dark as night. It lasted probably three minutes, shingles were flying everywhere. The sign was probably a hundred feet down the road," Kauffman said.

Some airplanes, however, weren't flying Thursday. Airlines canceled many flights, leaving Eastern Iowa Airport passengers frustrated. One man shared his story. He was stuck in Cedar Rapids, but was supposed to be on his way to sunny Florida.

"Right now they are talking about getting us out Saturday, which makes us question whether we can do the trip or not," said Rod Konrardy.

After a day like Thursday, many are just ready for warmer days.
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