Iowa can't seem to catch a break as we're halfway through 2024.

When we began to see warm weather, Iowa continued to experience a record-long drought with one of the dryest durations in the state's history. Now, Iowa has turned a 180, and mass flooding from the northwest will potentially impact much of the state.

If you haven't seen the impacts of the water from the northwestern corner, here's a scary video showcasing what Rock Valley, Iowa, is going through right now.

People, homes, businesses, cars, land, property, and everything in between have been affected by mass amounts of water and when flooding like this happens, the water has to go somewhere...

The rest of Iowa could potentially see the impacts of these floods as the water moves south throughout the state. A lake in central Iowa is expected to rise more than 30 feet within the next week.

Saylorville Lake

Saylorville Lake is a reservoir on the Des Moines River, located about 11 miles north of Des Moines. According to KCCI, big changes could be coming to the lake as the floodwaters head south.

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As of Monday, the Saylorville lake appeared pretty normal and people are trying to take advantage of that. Isaiah Peasley spoke to KCCI and he said that people are trying to take advantage of the boating weather, while they can.

"The lake feels amazing. Just because it's like up in the hundreds. We actually got off work early to come here. So, it's phenomenal boating weather."

It's being predicted by the Army Corps of Engineers that the lake will rise 877 feet above sea level by July 6th, which is 36 feet higher than the lake currently sits. This will cause many of the lake's lower boat ramps to be closed, and the beaches will close, but hopefully, the campgrounds, which are above the flood levels, will be able to remain open.

One of the dangers for boaters, when the lake is that high, is the debris build-up in the water. Any boater who would like to enjoy the lake around July 4th could potentially face dangerous situations and this could make for a disappointing holiday for anyone who planned on using the lake for July 4th or the weekend after.

The Good News

The good news is that Saylorville is designed to hold flood water. The emergency spillway, which is west of the damn, is 884 feet above sea level, with an additional 6 feet if pneumatic crest gates are deployed. This should be high enough to contain the flood waters headed its way.

Peasley told KCCI, he wasn't even going to try next week.

"I don't even think we're going to try next week just because it's not worth any of the debris or the levels just being so high, it's not worth risking it for the boat."

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