Monday, August 31, 2009

Flash floods hit Midwest in the US

Zachary Hoffman in Disaster News Network: Nearly one foot of rain fell in areas of Iowa Thursday and Friday causing extreme flash flooding in several counties, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Davenport, IA. …An already saturated ground met with the torrential rainstorm and caused water to collect as runoff resulting in the floodwaters.

Monticello was among the hardest hit cities; preliminary estimates show that 150 homes and 13 businesses were damaged. Jones County officials said that a door-to-door damage assessment was just about to take place, but damage does not seem large enough to allow for federal aid. …Central City in Linn County, Iowa, reported 9.07 inches of rain in a 72-hour period.

In Galveston Island, Texas, a waterspout turned twister injured three people with flying debris and caused a bit of damage to a few homes near the seawall and Dolphin World Inc. souvenir shop Sunday night….

Front Street high water in Davenport, Iowa, 1891

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