Iowa Flooding in Ames Breaks Records

By Cheryl Wu
Cheryl Wu
Cheryl Wu
August 11, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

A scene from the Iowa flooding of July 1993 that previously held the record for Iowa's largest flood. A massive flooding due to heavy rain Wednesday morning in Ames, central Iowa, has broken the 1993 record.  (Chris Wilkins/Getty Images )
A scene from the Iowa flooding of July 1993 that previously held the record for Iowa's largest flood. A massive flooding due to heavy rain Wednesday morning in Ames, central Iowa, has broken the 1993 record. (Chris Wilkins/Getty Images )
Massive flooding due to heavy rain Wednesday morning in Ames, central Iowa, has broken records previously set by the city in 1993.

The city manager's office had warned that the level of flooding may be “unprecedented in some areas.” In 1993 Squaw Creek broke the historical record by peaking at an 18.8 feet crest. Skunk River reached a crest of 27 feet, shattering 1975 entries.

The city recommended residents in non-flooded areas to move vehicles to higher ground and consider leaving the area if flooding seems likely.

The Ames Police Department has begun deploying local city buses to block roads due to a shortage in barricades.

The city is similarly utilizing its resources in the form of Iowa State University football players to haul sandbags to protect university and city buildings.

The local Red Cross chapter has secured a shelter for those displaced by flooding.

Cheryl Wu