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Roads closed, cars stranded as streets flood

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Authorities throughout Eastern Iowa are coping with flash floods, intense winds, possible tornadoes and the aftermath of severe weather.

Waterloo and Cedar Falls authorities dealt with many reports of stranded cars and flooded streets following torrential rains that moved through the area Wednesday night.

There were reports of cars stalled in deep water on Logan Avenue north of downtown Waterloo. Waterloo Mayor Buck Clark is urging residents not to attempt to drive through any flooded streets. Clark says city crews are working as fast as they can to clear roads, but too many drivers are attempting to go around the barricades, making a bad situation worse.

Near the intersection of Mulberry and Elm Street in Waterloo, at least one was submerged in the flood waters, which appeared to be two or three feet deep Wednesday evening. Nearby, part of Franklin Street was closed between 11th and Elm Street. Olive Street between 5th And 7th Street was also blocked off. Parts of 4th Street and Ricker Street were also flooded.

For a time, Highway 63 was also blocked North of Waterloo at County Road, C-66, also known as Dunkerton Road.

The storm knocked down many trees and there are also reports of flooded basements in some Cedar Falls neighborhoods.

Nearly three inches of rain fell Wednesday in Waterloo, drenching ground that was already saturated from several days of steady rain.

So far, there are no reports of any injuries from Wednesday's storms and floods.

A tornado warning was issued for Delaware County earlier Wednesday evening after radar indicated a possible tornado near Manchester. The Delaware County Sheriff says there are no reports of any serious damage, but the Delaware County Emergency Management Coordinator is concerned about washed out roads from the flash flooding.

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