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Heavy rains trigger mudslides, flooding in Corridor

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

University of Iowa student Mark Dorfman could not believe his eyes waking up Thursday morning.

"It kind of shocked me that all this water could do that," he said.

Heavy rains triggered a mudslide behind Mayflower Residence Hall.

The moving mud pushed cars into one another causing damage and plenty of headaches.

"This is unusual.  This isn't Southern California," said Dave Ricketts, director of the University of Iowa's Parking and Transportation Department.

University officials spent much of the day cleaning up the mess and putting up Hesco barriers to prevent a mess from another mudslide.

Flash flooding plagued Dubuque Street much of the morning.  All four lanes finally reopened by lunch time.

Meanwhile, in Marion, standing water closed parks and trails.

Cedar Rapids crews prepared Thursday morning for rising creek levels.

Two tiger dams were inflated in neighborhoods along the Indian Creek on the city's southeast side

The creek had crested by Thursday afternoon without reaching nearby homes.

"When you see things like this going up you don't know what's happening up north with the watershed, yeah it gets your anxiety levels flowing a little bit," said Steve Merrick, who lives in the neighborhood.

Some residents in Cedar Rapids ran into problems when the city's sanitary sewer system became overwhelmed with water, backing water up into basements.

For now, concerns of any further water-related problems are waning as conditions improve.

At least for now. 

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