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Warren County flood warnings in effect

Two flood warnings are in effect until this evening for the Middle River in Warren County and the far southeastern portion of the county, but officials say the minor flooding will effect mostly farmland in these areas.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning at 8 a.m. for the Middle River near Indianola and from Clanton Creek near Spring Hill to the Des Moines River. The NWS reported that the water level was 22.4 feet at 7:15 a.m. Flood stage is 23 feet. No flooding is currently occurring in this area and minor flooding and several rural roads and farmland is forecast.

A flood warning is also in effect for the far southeastern portion of the county. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause an extended period of flooding of small creeks and streams and county roads in this area, the NWS said.
Warren County Emergency Management Director Mahala Cox said the county has received between 3″ and 4″ of rain in the last 24 hours, with the highest rainfall amounts coming from the southeast portions of the county. Minor flooding is effecting farmland, she said.

The county engineer has closed portions of three county roads due to flooding: 160th Avenue between Dubuque Place and Dubuque Street; Blue Place between 183rd Avenue and 190th Avenue, and Arthur Street east of Carlisle.