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UPDATE: Roads opening as flood waters recede, more rain expected

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Oelwein Oelwein
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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Many roads were shut down and travel not advised in several eastern Iowa communities including Waterloo, Dunkerton and Oelwein during the day on Wednesday.

Highway 150 was closed through Oelwein for part of the day. It is now open.

Parts of Black Hawk, Tama, Marshall and Fayette Counties are now under a Flash Flood Warning. More rain is expected Wednesday evening.


Police shut down many roads through town early in the day, including Highway 150. The roads were opened as the water receded throughout the day. A home in the 300 block of NE 4th Street in Oelwein has now been deemed structurally unsound. Concrete blocks holding up the basement caved.


Dunkerton Fire has opened a shelter at Dunkerton school for people in Dunkerton and Dewar. The fire department went door to door asking residents to voluntarily evacuate the area.


Vehicles were stalled in streets all over Waterloo as drivers attempted to navigate flooded roadways. As of Wednesday afternoon, most of the flooded roadways were open again.

Wednesday is also a scheduled trash day for many people in Waterloo. Many bins were overturned by the rain and trash can be seen floating in some of the flooded roadways. The Waterloo Sanitation Department says they have pulled their crews while the roadways are flooded, but hope to resume pick-up later on Wednesday. The department is encouraging residents to collect their bins and set them back out for pick-up if possible.

Due to flooding at several of the locations, the Waterloo Public Schools canceled their summer feeding program at the following sites: Edison Elementary, First Baptist Church, Irving Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Longfellow Elementary, Furgeson Park, Highland Elementary, George Washington Carver Academy, Lafayette Park and North Cedar Elementary.

Residents in the Cedar Terrace neighborhood started a sandbagging effort after the flash flooding surrounded many of the homes there. Many of the homeowners said they had never experienced flood problems in that area before.


Evansdale city leaders are looking for volunteers to help elderly people pump out their basements and remove items from basements.

To help volunteer, call Evansdale City Hall at 319-232-6683.


Dewar Post Office workers say their building is flooded.  People in Dewar can pick up their mail Thursday in Gilbertville.

The mail collection box located in front of the Dewar Post Office has been temporarily sealed while USPS officials assess damage to the facility.

Dewar customers can call 319-296-1720 for information regarding their mail.


A creek near Donald Road near Raymond is also rising quickly according to officials. Law enforcement has also reported at least a foot of water flowing over the intersection of Dysart and Larkspur.

Washburn and Fairbank are also experiencing flooding.

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