Iowa Dealing With Rain, Snow, Flooding, Mudslide

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Iowa's weather map resembled a patchwork quilt Thursday with winter storm alerts in the northwest corner warning of snow mixed with sleet, a dense fog warning for northeast Iowa and flood warnings for the southeast part of the state.

A storm system dumped up to eight inches of rain in many locations, causing streams to flood. Iowa emergency management officials received requests for pumps from Cedar, Clinton, Jones, Johnson and Scott counties. Johnson County has asked for help filling sandbags.

The Department of Transportation listed eight state or federal highways with sections closed due to flooding. Flood warnings were issued for Burlington, Keokuk and Fort Madison along the Mississippi River.

Snow was moving eastward out of Nebraska, leaving one to three inches combined in some areas with wind reducing visibility.

A mudslide behind a residence hall at the University of Iowa in Iowa City damaged several vehicles in its parking lot. Heavy rain caused the mudslide behind Mayflower Residence Hall late Wednesday night.

No one was injured, but the parking lot became inundated with several feet of mud and debris. The university said the lot is closed to traffic and students are urged to avoid using the back door entrance while crews work to clean up the area.

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