Aug 12, 2010 8:10 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Hundreds evacuated, 1 dead after flooding in Iowa

Flooding in Iowa has forced hundreds of people from their homes and left a 16-year-old girl dead. In Ames, flooding contributed to a water main break that forced the city to shut off water to its roughly 55,000 residents.

It also left Iowa State University's basketball arena under 4 to 5 feet of water.

The flooding in central and eastern Iowa on Wednesday followed three straight nights of strong thunderstorms.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for northwest Iowa from Thursday afternoon through Friday evening. Storms there could bring up to 3 inches in some already saturated areas.

Other parts of the state aren't expected to get more rain until Friday and Saturday.


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