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Storm brings down trees, floods streets in Cedar Valley


Areas in northeast Iowa were hit with strong winds and heavy rains as severe storms moved through Friday night.

Its power brought down trees and power lines, and flooded streets in the Waterloo and Cedar falls area. A tree fell at 11th and Washington Streets in Cedar Falls. And an alley was covered with a tree near the 500 block of Kingbard. It caused a power line to snap in half when it went down.

Fortunately no one was inside the car when a tree fell on it on the west side of Waterloo Friday night. A large, older tree at the Ben Winninger home fell on top of the car. The blue Cavalier is owned by one of Winninger's employees.

The storm dumped a lot of rain in a short time, overwhelming drainage on local streets. It caused some drivers to be temporarily stranded.

Mathew Miller's car stalled out at the intersection of West Mullan and Commercial Streets in Waterloo during the storm.  The heavy rain caused Commercial Street to go underwater. That water then backed up onto Mullan.

Miller says his car stalled out as water came up through the floorboards. Bystanders and workers from a nearby restaurant talked him through, then helped push his car into a nearby parking lot.

The CodeRED Weather Warning also called people in Black Hawk County. It is an early telephone warning system designed to automatically deliver targeted weather notifications for the immediate threats of severe thunderstorm warnings, flash flood warnings and tornado warnings within moments of being issued by the National Weather Service.

Storm sirens did go off in Independence Friday night. That's because damaging winds were expected. There was never a tornado reported.

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