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Officials Monitor High River Levels in Iowa

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials are monitoring high river levels in Iowa after severe weather packing heavy rain and hail left widespread damage and flooding around the state.

The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings and advisories for multiple areas in central and eastern Iowa, following two consecutive days of rain and severe thunderstorms. Major flooding has been recorded at several rivers in the state that flow into the Mississippi River.

Major cities like Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Iowa City have recorded heavy rainfall over two days. Preliminary data by state climatologist Harry Hillaker shows this past June was Iowa’s third wettest June on record. The average precipitation total for the month was only behind rainfall recorded in 2010 and 1947.

Isolated thunderstorms are possible Tuesday afternoon into the evening.