Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin among states dealing with floodwaters

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Iowa is bearing the brunt of a flood disaster in the Midwest.

One-hundred blocks of downtown Cedar Rapids have flooded. Cars are submerged and more than 3,000 homes have been evacuated. Rescuers had to get some people out by boat. The sheriff says the town is "kind of at God's mercy right now."

Elsewhere in Iowa, nine rivers are at or above historic flood levels following heavy rainfall. Governor Chet Culver has declared 55 of the state's 99 counties disaster areas.

In Austin, Minnesota, the Cedar River has crested more than seven feet above flood stage, swamping yards and basements but apparently triggering no evacuations. One resident, looking at four inches of water in his basement, says it looks like they're getting a 100-year flood every four years.

In Avoca, Wisconsin, west of Madison, hundreds of people have been urged to leave their homes because of flooding along the Wisconsin River and streams.


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