- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—OTTUMWA — Once again, storms have dropped a lot of rain on southern Iowa. And, once again, most of it fell downstream from the dam at Lake Red Rock. It’s a recipe for flooding, and that’s what Ottumwa is looking at for the next few days.

The Hydrologic Prediction Center says river levels at Ottumwa rose above flood stage Monday afternoon. The Des Moines River was at 12.35 feet Tuesday morning, with an anticipated crest of 13 feet Wednesday evening.

That’s a similar crest to the flooding that happened earlier this year. But unlike that situation, this flooding is going to be much slower to go back down. Forecasters expect the river to stay above the 11-foot flood stage until early Friday morning. It won’t drop back below the nine-foot action stage until Saturday.

Additional rain could make things even worse, and that’s a very real possibility. Much of Iowa is at a slight risk of severe weather Tuesday. Thunderstorms are expected around Ottumwa between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 4 a.m. Wednesday, powered by a front that will drop the high temperature from the low 90s Tuesday to low 80s Wednesday.

A heat advisory is in effect from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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