Downpour floods some southern Story County roads


AMES, Iowa (AP) — Heavy rain has flooded some county roads and city streets in parts of Story County.

The Des Moines Register reports ( ) that nearly 3 inches of rain fell between 7 and 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ames airport.

Jim Lee of the National Weather Service says 3 inches in an hour isn’t uncommon in Iowa. But Lee also says the last couple of years have been dry, so such heavy rain hasn’t been seen in a while.

The downpour forced law enforcement officers to close some roadways.

The weather service also says hail, 2 inches in diameter was reported in the Dubuque area on Tuesday.

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