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Heavy rainfall causes flooded yards

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MANCHESTER (KWWL) -

Flooding in the winter.

Multiple yards on the southeast side of Manchester are filled with water. Instead of grass, the yards look like ice rinks.

Darrell Meyer  showed KWWL his back yard. "Water gets kinda trapped back in here, with the runoff. It's a little bit of low laying area in here."

Runoff caused by frozen ground, melting snow and the persistent rain during the last few days. It's a problem homeowners in the area have had to deal with repeatedly.

"It usually doesn't stick around too long back here, the drier weather, it dries up in about a week or so -- the water and ice," Meyer said.

In the past, some homeowners even had flooded basements because the ground was so saturated from rainfall. 

Also in Manchester, the Maquoketa River. It too, caused flooding for some communities in eastern Iowa. 

Ice jams appear to completely block the flow of the river in certain parts. Although, below flood stage, it's enough to cause changes in the water level. 

Ice jams are caused by the combination of  melting snow, and ice, also the rain, in addition to warmer temperatures which makes the river swell up, and breaks up the top layer of ice.

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