Storms Cause Flash Flooding in Northern Iowa, Spawn Tornadoes

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BUTLER COUNTY, Iowa — Storms in northern and northeastern Iowa overnight caused some damage as they spawned tornadoes and dropped heavy rain – up to 10 inches – in some areas.

“We expect the crest this evening what we’re being told around 7 PM probably water levels similar to 2008 or more so,” said Jason Johnson, Butler County Sheriff.

“Currently there are probably somewhere in the neighborhood of about 80 homes people are moving things out, “ said Johnson. “All the businesses on Traer street are getting their things up to higher ground.”

Flooding from the Shell Rock River has cancelled classes in the North Butler School District for Thursday and many students gathered at the high school to help fill sandbags. Highway 14 on the way to Charles City is impassable because of water over the road.

Butler County Sheriff  Johnson says there isn’t a widespread evacuation in Greene but some residents are moving to higher ground.


In Floyd County, 7.55” of rain was reported and Charles City saw 6.35”. The Little Cedar River is at moderate flood stage at Nashua and near Ionia. The rainfall total reported for Ionia is 6.24″.

Storms Wednesday night destroyed some machine sheds in Marble Rock with wind gusts of 60 to 70 miles per hour. A brief tornado touchdown was reported near Rockford about 5:33 p.m. Wednesday.

Storms also caused damage to a farm east of Greene, where a tornado is believed to have touched down. It knocked over tires and equipment.

Damage from suspected tornado near Greene. (WHO-HD)
Damage from suspected tornado near Greene. (KWWL)


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