CLERMONT, Iowa — Flooding is a concern in several northeastern Iowa counties Thursday after days of heavy rain.
Flash flood warnings are out from the Charles City area east to Grant County, Wisconsin and south to Tama County. High waters are covering some low lying areas and forcing some roads to close.
The Turkey River has some of the highest levels so far, with the river at or nearing flood stage from Spillville to Elkader. The river is forecast to crest Friday morning in Elkader at 18.2 feet, well above moderate flood stage. People in Clermont were watching the Turkey river as the water threatened a campground.
The Cedar River is also rising as more rain is in the forecast. The river is already above flood stage in Charles City. That crest will move south to Waverly, Waterloo and Cedar Rapids during the weekend. The river is forecast to reach 14.7 feet Tuesday night. That level would not have significant impacts but does not take into account more rain in the forecast through the weekend.
In Dubuque County, the Swiss Valley Park campground was evacuated Thursday morning due to the rising level of Catfish Creek. In Postville, the Yellow River north of Postville rose more than 9 feet overnight.
Minor flooding was reported in Winneshiek County Thursday morning. The Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office reported water was coming into basements of some homes in Ossain.