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Wet Travel Conditions for the East; Snow and Wind for the Pacific Northwest and Rockies

A storm lifting northward toward the Great Lakes will bring periods of rain and gusty winds for the eastern third of the country today. For the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies, accumulating snow and strong winds will make for hazardous traveling conditions through tonight. A stronger storm is forecast early in the week with the threat of severe thunderstorms for the Mississippi Valley. Read More >

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Overview

The Des Moines Metro area saw epic flash flooding on the night of June 30 into the early hours of July 1, 2018 as thunderstorms stalled over the city and dropped significant heavy rain. A widespread swath of 5 to 10 inches fell over the northern half of Polk County and obliterated many creeks. Record stages were set on the Walnut and Fourmile Creeks in Clive and Ankeny, respectively. Dozens of vehicles were stalled or swept away by the rapid currents and multiple homes throughout much of Polk County were impacted by the heavy rain. 

 

 

Urbandale Flash Flooding
Major flash flooding in Urbandale, Iowa on June 30, 2018. Photo courtesy Stephanie Boutard
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