Flash flooding in eastern Iowa
June 15, 2010

Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Clinton, Davenport, and other parts of eastern Iowa are under flash flood warnings today as a result of heavy rainfall falling on top of saturated ground. Reports of serious street flooding in Iowa City, as much as 10" of rain over roads in Ottumwa, and a tornado yesterday have all come in, and there's plenty of reason for concern that more flooding could come if any additional rain falls, though there is some optimism that the weather will be dry for at least a few more days. A similarly serious situation is happening in Oklahoma City. Handling stormwater is a major challenge for civil engineers, incorporating the need for sewers, pump stations, solids screenings, and monitoring. Eastern Iowa is still recovering from catastrophic river flooding two years ago.

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