Heavy Rainfall Produces Flash Flooding In Cedar Valley
Heavy rain inundated several rural roads in the Cedar Valley Thursday. The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings for Bremer, Buchanan and the northeastern portion of Black Hawk Counties during the afternoon hours.
Around 1:45 PM, emergency management officials reported that several roads in the area were under water and closed. While the heavy rainfall had ended, a flood warning was issued for Black Hawk and Bremer Counties through 4:45 PM because standing water was expected to remain in place for several hours.
At 4:30 PM, officials with the Black Hawk County Engineer's Office said they had received no reports of roads washed out or any that were damaged.
Heavy rainfall was also reported across Buchanan County on Thursday. Just before 2 PM, the National Weather Service said gauge reports were indicating that flash flooding was occurring along streams and low-lying areas, due to slow-moving storms that produced over three-inches of rain earlier in the day. The situation prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning for Buchanan County until 3:15 PM.
Buchanan County Emergency Management officials later reported some road damage in the Hazleton area.
Rising water forced the closure of Black Hawk Park near Cedar Falls on Thursday. Local conservation officials closed the park because high water from Snag Creek was covering the road near the park's entrance.