AMES, Iowa--Flash flooding hammered homes near Iowa State University like Kevin Murphy's near college creek. "For a while I didn't know if things were going to be alright." For a while, in his basement it wasn't. Kevin said, "I was standing with water all over me. Water half way up my shins."
Sights he's never seen. "I walked to the top of the staircase and looked down and all you see is black water at the edge of the stairs as far as you can see in the basement. It's pretty intimidating."
Sounds he's never heard coming through the windows. "It was coming through all along the seam and spraying out."
From 10pm-4:30am Kevin pumped, dumped and Shop Vac'd water."Still hearing more water coming in and it sounded like a garden hose running in there. That was a pretty bad moment."
Close friends came by. "I put something on Facebook and said 'Anybody that owes me a favor in Ames should help me." Kevin said family, from far corners of the state, helped too. "Luckily my dad showed up from Waterloo and had a couple of pumps and Shop Vac."
Kevin's furniture was trashed. He said, "At it's deepest, it was all the way up to the first step here."
It now seems under control and he's made progress "It's a huge weight off my shoulders and it feels really good."
High and dry in Kevin's kitchen sits a handful of tickets for Saturday's Cyclone football game. While there's still weeks worth of work, Kevin says he'll still make an exception for game day. "I'm going to be really looking to get out of the house after a couple of days of this. I would like to think that i can make it."
With the flooding across campus, all general public grass lots are closed for tailgating Saturday. Iowa State is encouraging fans to park on central campus or nearby paved lots.