Storms Hit Iowa Tuesday Before High Temperatures Come Wednesday

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DES MOINES, Iowa-- Flash flooding caused backups and detours all across the metro Tuesday morning and afternoon.

In most places, the water on the road only caused a splash. On others streets, drivers wound up stalling out.

“There was a car in front of me and they made it so I thought I could make it. It was about the same size, but they made it and I didn`t,” said Elizabeth Bailey.

She wasn't alone on Dean Avenue by the fairgrounds. Other drivers didn’t make it through the water either.

“I was pretty scared. I didn't know what to do. I tried to reverse, but it wouldn't work,” she said.

A few Good Samaritans pushed her and other stranded drivers to dry land. It was a similar situation on MLK and Urbandale Avenue.

“We were using trucks to block the flooded streets. We couldn't get barricades out quick enough,” explained Chuck Burrell with Des Moines Public Works.

Crews fanned out across the city trying to block the path of traffic and keep other cars from floating down the road.

“It came down so fast so quick. We might have got two inches in an hour, at least that's what it seemed like,” said Burrell.

Stormy Tuesday, it will get steamy Wednesday. The Polk County Health Department is preparing to change its color-coded heat health warning system.

“Today it's green a day. Nothing is really going on, but when you start looking at tomorrow, tomorrow is red and we will see red throughout the rest of this week,” said Nola Aigner with the Polk County Health Department.

As the rain moves out, the excessive heat moves in and health officials say everyone needs to have a plan in place to stay cool.

“This is going to be an excessive heat period and when we see this prolonged heat, this is when individuals and residents really need to take precautions,” said Aigner.