Flash Flooding Reported, Thousands Lose Power as Storms Roll Through

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Strong storms moving through the state Tuesday evening produced heavy rain and caused thousands in the Des Moines-area to lose power.

PHOTO GALLERY: Impressive Lightning As Storms Move Through

More than five inches of rain reportedly fell in Warren County Tuesday. The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for Wayne County until early Wednesday due to the heavy rain.

Flash flooding along Volunteer Creek in Carlisle caused officials to evacuate several homes. Mayor Ruth Randleman said the evacuations were done as a precaution.

“We just thought it wise to evacuate,” said Mayor Randleman.  “We notified emergency management and Red Cross, we didn’t get a lot of people (to) use the school, but we did have some people leave their homes to be with family and friends.”

Officials in Dallas County reported that flash flooding washed out at least one road. Many other communities reported flooded roads, including Des Moines. City crews placed barricades up in several areas as water covered streets.

A flood warning has been issued for the Raccoon River in Des Moines at Fleur Drive until Thursday. Flood stage is 12 feet and the river is expected to reach 12.1 feet there early Thursday morning. Later in the morning it is forecast to drop below flood stage.

More than 7,500 MidAmerican Energy customers lost power as the storms moved through. Power has been restored to most of those customers.

Meteorologist Brett McIntyre said dryer and cooler conditions are in the forecast Wednesday.

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We’re getting reports of storm damage in Ottumwa where storms moved through earlier

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We’re getting reports of road closures being put into place around Des Moines due to flooded roads

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Baracades are being set up in the 1300 block of Hickmann and at Dixon at Guthrie due to flooding in Des Moines

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...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 930 PM CDT
FOR SOUTHEASTERN WARREN...SOUTHWESTERN MARION...NORTHEASTERN LUCAS
AND NORTHWESTERN MONROE COUNTIES...

AT 850 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR
MELCHER-DALLAS...OR 11 MILES SOUTHWEST OF KNOXVILLE...MOVING
SOUTHEAST AT 40 MPH.
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This is due to flooding

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
  NORTHEASTERN WAYNE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA...
  LUCAS COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA...
  WESTERN MONROE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA...
  NORTHERN APPANOOSE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA...

* UNTIL 945 PM CDT

* AT 903 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED 7 MILES NORTHEAST
  OF CHARITON...MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 40 MPH.
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More than 7,100 MidAmerican customers are without power in Central Iowa

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Emergency manager reports FLASH FLOOD  at 09:16 PM CDT — several feet of water reported in va hospital building…possibly basement

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
  WAYNE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA...
  SOUTHWESTERN LUCAS COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA...
  SOUTHERN CLARKE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA...
  DECATUR COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA...

* UNTIL 1030 PM CDT

* AT 926 PM CDT...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
  EXTENDING FROM 7 MILES WEST OF CHARITON TO 9 MILES NORTHEAST OF
  LEON TO 6 MILES NORTHWEST OF LAMONI...MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 40 MPH.
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...THE FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 130 AM CDT FOR
WARREN...MARION AND NORTHEASTERN MADISON COUNTIES...

AT 919 PM CDT...EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE 
REPORTED SIGNIFICANT FLASH FLOODING IMPACTS ACROSS MADISON AND 
MARION COUNTIES. OBSERVERS HAVE REPORTED 5.25 INCHES OF RAIN NEAR 
HARTFORD WITH SIMILAR AMOUNTS LIKELY IN NORTHWESTERN MARION COUNTY.

THE MARION COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGER REPORTED WATER INTO THE MAIN 
FLOOR OF A RESIDENCE IN PLEASANTVILLE...AND SEVERAL FEET OF WATER 
AFFECTING PORTIONS OF THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HOSPITAL IN 
KNOXVILLE.  MADISON COUNTY DISPATCH REPORTED WIDESPREAD STREET 
FLOODING IN WINTERSET...AS WELL AS INUNDATED SECONDARY 
REPORTS...ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE EASTERN SECTIONS OF THE COUNTY.

WHILE THE HEAVIEST RAIN HAS ENDED OVER MADISON COUNTY...AND WILL 
LIKELY END IN WARREN AND MARION COUNTY BY 1000 PM...SIGNIFICANT 
FLASH FLOODING IMPACTS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH AT LEAST MIDNIGHT.
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EVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
  WESTERN DAVIS COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN IOWA...
  EASTERN WAYNE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA...
  SOUTHERN LUCAS COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA...
  SOUTHERN MONROE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA...
  APPANOOSE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA...

* UNTIL 1045 PM CDT

* AT 935 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR RATHBUN
  LAKE...OR 12 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ALBIA...MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 35 MPH.
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Flood Warning issued for Walnut Creek at 63rd Street in Des Moines

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