Major Flooding Continues in Northeast Iowa
La Crosse, WI (KROC-AM News) - The National Weather Service is reporting the over 200 residents of a small Iowa community have been evacuated because of flooding today.
Volga is located about 60 miles northeast of Waterloo and was overtaken by the rising water in the Volga River. The waterway and many others in northeastern Iowa are spilling out of their banks as a result of the torrential rains that hit the region yesterday and overnight.
While Rochester and most of southeastern Minnesota was spared from the worst of the storm system, the National Weather Service says the rainfall totals in northern Iowa were as high as 10 inches from 6am Friday through 5am Saturday.
The Austin area was on the far northern edge of the heavy rain zone and saw over 3.5 inches of rain yesterday, resulting in significant street flooding throughout the city.
In Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker officially declared a state of emergency in the areas of western Wisconsin hit hard by the storms on Wednesday night. The declaration covers 17 counties and directs state agencies to assist local authorities with the response to the flooding caused by up to 8 inches of rain.