- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Residents of Cedar Rapids are cleaning up the mess left behind by flash flooding earlier this week, including almost a dozen cars that stalled on streets trying to drive through high water.

Water that swamped city streets overnight Thursday drained away quickly, but not before damaging cars and sending rescue crews scrambling, Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reported (https://bit.ly/1QvkU6Z ).

Cedar Rapids police said the department received 12 calls Thursday night from drivers needing to be rescued after driving into deep water.

The repair bills for cars that stalled out in water can vary, one repair shop told the station. Drying out the engine and draining water from brake lines are manageable repairs, but it’s more serious when water gets into a transmission or other vital engine components, the shop said.

Crews also closed Thomas Park along Indian Creek in Marion for most of the day Friday for a cleanup. Joggers and bikers were warned to stay off the nearby Boyson Trail due to high water.

Parks workers shoveled sand off grass and spread new wood chips around playground equipment.

“It’s not bad this time,” said parks worker Mike Rauch. “I remember last summer the water was all the way up and it took quite a while to get it fixed back up and looking good again.”


Information from: KCRG-TV, https://www.kcrg.com

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