Rain causes waters to rise in Eastern Iowa - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Rain causes waters to rise in Eastern Iowa

WEST LIBERTY (KWWL) - As it fell on the already-saturated Iowa soil, the rain had nowhere to go but up and over.

Though, this isn't the first time Mac Howes has seen West Liberty like this. "It happened last summer, a lot worse," said Howes.

Waters rose over a nearby baseball diamond and blocked roads, but Howes was making the best of it, riding his mountain bike through roughly a foot of water. 

"I think it's fun," he told us.

However, it meant soggy work for Casey Bean and a co-worker, posted at opposite ends of a flooded curve in Highway 6. As a highway technician for the Iowa Department of Transportation, his job was to direct traffic around the water.

"This area right here usually has problems when we do get high waters, but this is about the only section. And most of the time we don't have to close it down; we can keep one lane open."

As of mid-afternoon on Sunday, Bean had watched the water creep up several inches, and was hopeful that the rains upstream would slow down.

"We've been out here before, anywhere from 4 to 8 hours."

As of Sunday, the National Weather Service forcasted rising waters in other areas of Johnson County.

Most rivers and streams in Eastern Iowa were at or near their crest as of Sunday evening. However, more rain is expected Tuesday, which will affect those levels further.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

Powered by Frankly