Flash flood warning to last until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

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Stormwater was high on 26th Street between Iowa Street and Willis Avenue at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

DES MOINES — The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flash flood warning until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for eastern Dallas, northern Warren, northeastern Madison and Polk counties.

Trained weather spotters reported thunderstorms produced heavy rain across the flash flood warning area around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. Rainfall amounts of 2 to 5 inches have been common, with significant ponding and areas of flash flooding.

The NWS said thunderstorms are beginning to end from the northwest.

Some urban locations experiencing flooding include Perry, Adel, Dallas Center, Grimes, Des Moines, West Des Moines, Ankeny, Urbandale, Johnston, Clive, Altoona, Waukee, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Windsor Heights, Carlisle, Bondurant, Polk City, Saylorville and Mitchellville.

“Turn around. Don’t drown.” The slogan of the NWS reflects the fact that most flood
deaths occur in vehicles. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small
creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets, underpasses and other drainage areas and low lying spots.

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Flooding on Iowa Street east of 18th Street was enough about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to cause a U.S. Postal Service van to turn back and seek a different route.
Flooding on Iowa Street east of 18th Street was enough about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to cause a U.S. Postal Service van to turn back and seek a different route.

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