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Here's how much rain fell in central Iowa on Friday

Heavy rain led to flooded fields, streets and neighborhoods during the heart of the Friday morning commute.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Heavy rainfall caused flash flooding across parts of central Iowa early Friday morning. 

Storms developed overnight and continued during the morning commute, bringing torrential rainfall, thunder, lightning, gusty winds and even small hail to the region.

The highest rainfall totals occurred in sections of Boone, Dallas, Marshall, Polk, and Story counties, all areas that were under flash flood warnings through noon Friday.

Here are some of those rainfall amounts:

  • Maxwell: 3.80"
  • Melbourne: 3.69"
  • Huxley: 3.50"
  • Polk City: 3.41"
  • Murray: 3.12"
  • Madrid: 2.98"
  • Sully: 2.79" 
  • Grinnell: 2.72"
  • Marshalltown: 2.67"
  • Bayard: 2.61"
  • Granger: 2.59"
  • Collins: 2.56"
  • Perry: 2.43"
  • Pella: 1.98"
  • Jamaica: 1.87"

At the Des Moines International Airport, more than an inch of rain fell since 12 a.m. Friday.

The heavy rainfall caused flooding in fields, streets and neighborhoods.

One Local 5 viewer even spotted a stalled-out truck in Huxley's standing water.

Credit: Adam Orgler

As of noon Friday, the flash flood warnings were expired for central Iowa, but flash flooding is still a concern for parts of eastern and southeastern Iowa through the afternoon.

As storm season ramps up in late April, May and June, it's important to remember how dangerous flash flooding can be. 

When you come across a flooded roadway or parking lot, it is important to turn around and go in a different direction. 

Flood waters only a few inches deep can quickly sweep up cars and carry them away.

More storms are expected in central Iowa on Saturday, and some could bring a severe weather threat to the state as well.

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