Rockford recovers after strong Saturday storm

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ROCKFORD, Iowa (ABC 6 News) -- Officials are in cleanup mode after Saturday's severe weather caused damage, power outages, and flooding.

A large tree was uprooted by storms in Rockford, Iowa, on Saturday, June 10, 2018. Severe thunderstorms went through the area late in the afternoon. (Courtesy: KAAL)

On Sunday, authorities were asking for volunteers to help recovery efforts, especially in and around the Rockford, IA area. They said they need people with power, chainsaws, trailers and heavy lifting equipment.

Volunteers were asked to check in at the Rockford Fire Station.

Officials also warned sightseers to stay away from the area. They said they'll turn them away at the city limits.

Power crews were working to restore service to the community after strong winds left Rockford in the dark. At last check, half of the town was still without power.

A three-mile stretch of the Avenue of the Saints between mile marker 218 and 226 is still closed so Mid American Energy can make repairs to power lines. This section of the Avenue may be shut down until early next week. Traffic is being rerouted.


Authorities estimated wind also destroyed more than 300 trees.

Officials also said the "National Weather Service has NOT determined the damage in Rockford was caused by a tornado."

Heavy rain from thunderstorms is still falling in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin on Sunday morning and flash flooding remains a possibility through the morning hours.

Farther east, light rain is falling from Ohio to New Jersey. This activity will begin to slip slightly south during the day today and rainfall rates are expected to intensify. A new flash flood watch has just been issued from northern Virginia to southern New Jersey, including Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

On Monday, much of the same region will see more clusters of thunderstorms, some of which will carry heavy rainfall and isolated flash flooding. By Monday night, the heavy rain will be concentrated in the Carolinas, where storms could produce rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour.

Parts of the Midwest and mid-Atlantic could see 1 to 3 inches of rain through Tuesday, with locally higher amounts.

The latest forecast guidance is suggesting that some of the heaviest rainfall could fall from northern Indiana into eastern Kentucky, as well as parts of northern Virginia and Maryland.

Meanwhile, a new system moving in from the west will bring another round of severe weather. Late Sunday into early Monday the severe threat will be over the Dakotas.

The severe threat moves on Monday into the central Plains from northern Oklahoma to southern Minnesota, including Kansas City, Missouri, and Des Moines, Iowa. Damaging winds, large hail and brief tornadoes remain possible both days in the slight risk area.