Veined with several major rivers, low-set floodplains, and deep valleys between hills, Iowa is prone to flooding during the rainy season. Between April and September, Iowa experiences around half its total precipitation for the year. In the past, accumulative heavy precipitation levels over the span of several seasons have led to severe flooding and water damage in urban areas. As Iowa heads deeper into the rainy season, count on ServiceMaster by Knipper for water damage restoration in Dyersville, IA.
In the past, seasonal flooding across regions of Iowa has always taken its toll on homeowners and business owners, but some years stand out as the most devastating in the history of the state.
Floods of 1993
Between 1992 and 1993, Iowa was soaked with an accumulation of ground moisture from rains and snow melt. With a cold spring and summer holding ground water, a heavy snowfall, and significant rainfall the following March, the Des Moines metro area and surrounding regions were waterlogged and unable to absorb the rising river and pooling surface water levels. As a result, major flooding affected a wide spread of urban Iowa, causing almost $3 billion in damages, forcing 10,000 people to evacuate, and damaging 21,000 homes in total.
Over the summer of 1993, some areas around Des Moines experienced 130 consecutive days of rain and flooded over five times. The damages and long-term effects of the floods of 1993 are considered to be one of the most significant in the history of Iowa disasters.
Floods of 2008
Nearly as devastating as the floods of 1993 are the recent floods of 2008. Though the 2008 floods didn’t cover as widespread an area as the 1993 floods, the concentrated damage was violent and left severe consequences behind. Spread across 85 counties, nearly $10 billion in damages was estimated statewide.
Like in 1993, the buildup of moisture in the ground leading to the 2008 floods began a year earlier, in 2007, with heavy summer rains and winter snows. When the 2008 spring and summer rains began, the river levels rose and groundwater began to pool. In Cedar Rapids alone, 5,200 homes were affected by the floodwaters coming from the Cedar River, which peaked at 20 feet above flood stage.
Both the 1993 and 2008 floods were extreme cases of natural devastation, but smaller floods often occur each year. This summer, contact ServiceMaster by Knipper at 866.999.1980 for emergency water damage restoration in Dyersville, IA.