Iowa waters rise as snow melts from recent rains

Published On: Mar 12 2013 03:44:07 PM CDT
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -

Recent rains coupled with an expected warm-up have some Iowa communities warily watching rising streams.

The National Weather Service says snowmelt is producing both minor and major flooding for cities along rivers mostly in eastern Iowa. Several flood warnings are in effect.

Several cities along the Iowa River are experiencing flooding. Kalona near the English River has major flooding, with water at 18 feet as of Tuesday. That's above its flood stage of 14 feet.

Residences along the Wapsipinicon River near DeWitt also are experiencing major flooding. The water is at 13.1 feet as of Tuesday, above its flood stage of 11 feet.

Weather officials say recent heavy rain is unusual for this time of year.