Severe flooding in Iowa in day 3 of bad weather in Midwest - Tucson News Now

Severe flooding in Iowa in day 3 of bad weather in Midwest

Posted: Updated:
For a third day, severe weather has hit the Midwest – this time, in the form of severe flooding in Iowa. (Source: KSFY/CNN) For a third day, severe weather has hit the Midwest – this time, in the form of severe flooding in Iowa. (Source: KSFY/CNN)

ROCK VALLEY, IA (KSFY/CNN) – The same system that spawned tornadoes in Nebraska and South Dakota brought historic flooding to Iowa.

More than 100 homeowners in the community of Rock Valley, IA were forced out of their homes due to rising flood water.

Harm and Bonnie Wiersma have lived in their home for 26 years. They say seeing part of it ruined is heartbreaking.

"It's almost like a death in the family because it's your home. It's your safe haven," Harm Wiersma said. "And when it's filling with water and there's absolutely nothing you can do, I can't describe the feeling."

Their home is not a total loss. Although their basement is flooded, the water did not get to the main floor.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has issued a disaster declaration to free up resources for the clean-up.

Copyright 2014 KSFY via CNN. All rights reserved.

  • Extreme weatherMore>>

  • Traveler catches epic lightning strike on flight

    Traveler catches epic lightning strike on flight

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:31 AM EDT2014-07-25 04:31:04 GMT

    Traveler Gina Hyams caught a massive cloud-to-ground lightning strike while on a flight Thursday.

    Traveler Gina Hyams caught a massive cloud-to-ground lightning strike while on a flight Thursday.

  • Heavy rain not helping efforts to fight Washington wildfire

    Heavy rain not helping efforts to fight Washington wildfire

    Thursday, July 24 2014 1:05 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:05:38 GMT
     "You don't want to be around trees that have been burning for a while when the wind starts blowing," said Alan Hofmeister with incident command.
     "You don't want to be around trees that have been burning for a while when the wind starts blowing," said Alan Hofmeister with incident command.
  • Taiwan searches plane wreckage for clues on crash

    Taiwan searches plane wreckage for clues on crash

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:08 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:08:23 GMT
    Stormy weather on the trailing edge of Typhoon Matmo was the likely cause of a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people, the airline said Thursday.
    Firefighters uncovered ID cards and body fragments as they picked through wreckage Thursday for evidence to identify the victims of a plane crash that killed 48 people on a Taiwanese island.
Powered by WorldNow