A U.S. Postal Service truck was stranded on Grand Ave. under an overpass in Ames during a flash flood Thursday morning.
Des Moines Register
After a morning of stranded cars in flooded streets, the sky cleared Thursday in central Iowa as storms moved southeast.
Brad Fillbach, an observation program leader with the National Weather Service, said the heavy rain had passed by Polk, Story and Boone counties. They were not expected to cause any major flooding in those areas.
Boone and Ames were hit Thursday with flash flooding that left vehicles stranded after attempting to drive through flooded roads. The flooding caused the Boone DMACC campus to close, along with both directions of parts of U.S. Highway 69 near Huxley and Ames, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation.
Fillbach said the six- to 10-day outlook showed normal to slightly above normal precipitation, meaning a probable break from heavy rainfall. The National Weather Service and the affected communities are assessing any damage.
ISU Police Officer Doug Hicks rescues a woman from a flood-stalled vehicle at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center. (Photo: Iowa State University Photographer Christopher Gannon)
Bob Kindred, Ames’ assistant city manager, said the city had shut down its emergency operations center, which opened Thursday morning in response to the flash floods.
Any flooding from Squaw Creek or Skunk River was expected to be minor, officials said. Squaw Creek at Lincoln Way and Skunk River at Riverside Drive near Ada Hayden Heritage Park are within a foot of floodgate. Skunk River at Highway 30 is at floodgate.
Each railroad underpass in Ames had flooding, along with some residential flooding. Cmdr. Geoff Huff said the department assisted at least a dozen motorists that were stalled because of flooded roads.
A U.S. Postal Service truck sits stranded on Grand Ave. in Ames after a flash flood on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo: Bryon Houlgrave/The Register)
One postal worker was rescued by emergency responders in a paddle boat after getting trapped in the flooded Grand Avenue underpass. The Grand Avenue underpass was a problem area since it filled up quickly, police said. Other affected areas were Airport Road, Somerset and Bloomington, where some people had flooded basements.
This was the first significant flooding since fall 2016 in Ames. Both floodings were unique for the city, which typically becomes flooded by its river rather than heavy rain.
About 40 customers lost power for a significant amount of time, officials said. Kindred said the city was fortunate rainfall didn’t occur upstream, causing river flooding in Ames.
The weather service said people who encounter a flooded area should turn around and find an alternate route. “Turn around, do not drown,” forecasters said.
Looking toward the weekend, the weather service advised citizens Thursday afternoon that the state would be under a heat advisory from Friday to Sunday afternoon. Widespread daytime heat index values of more than 100 degrees were expected.
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