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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Central States News: Record Flooding Shuts Down Ames IA Water System

Iowa saw devastating floods in 1993 and again in 2008.

But torrential rains continue to plague Iowa in this Summer of 2010- and the flood level Tuesday morning on the Skunk River in Ames broke all the previous records by more than a foot.

Flood waters damaged hundreds of homes- businesses and 4-6 feet of water even flooded Big 12's Iowa State University (ISU) Hilton Coliseum- according to The DES MOINES (IA) REGISTER.

More than all that however is the fact that Ames' water system is shut down as a large main under the Skunk river broke during the flood and drained the city's water tower.

Ames residents could go as long as 2 weeks until water service is fully restored- with more heavy rains forecast.

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