Wet weather whips up water woes

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May 1, 2019 - 10:30 AM

Iola Recreation Department employees Jason Bauer and Ryan Latta clear debris from roof drains atop the Recreation Community Building at Riverside Park Tuesday afternoon, after another round of torrential storms caused minor flooding in the area. According to city records, 5.81 inches of rain have fallen over the past three days, with more rains forecast through Friday.

Soggy roads are soft, sloppy roads, Allen County’s Public Works Director Mitch Garner warned commissioners at their meeting Tuesday morning. Until the rain stops and the ground dries, there’s not a lot county crews can do.

This week’s deluge has dropped 5.81 inches in Iola since Monday, with rain expected to continue through Friday and return Sunday night into Monday. 

And that’s after storms have dumped more than 14.70 inches so far this year, more than 5 inches above normal. At the end of 2018, rain totals exceeded normal by 10 inches.

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