Public Safety

Flash flood warning issued for Cedar Rapids and surrounding counties

Lightning from an approaching storm illuminates a tree that was damaged from a tornado that went through Prairieburg, Iowa, on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Lightning from an approaching storm illuminates a tree that was damaged from a tornado that went through Prairieburg, Iowa, on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

A flash flood warning is in effect for Cedar Rapids and the surrounding areas until 2:30 a.m.

A line of thunderstorms is passing through the area and will result in heavy rains and winds as intense as 30 mph in Southeastern Buchanan, Northwestern Cedar, Northern Johnson, Southeastern Benton, Western Jones, Southeastern Delaware, Linn, and Northeastern Iowa counties according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service is expecting rivers to rise and issued a warning to any residence living near creeks or streams to be prepared to move to higher ground in case of flash floods.

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