One person had to be rescued from a vehicle early Thursday morning, after stalling out at the Stange Road underpass due to sudden rainfall, according to Iowa State University Police Chief Michael Newton.
According to Newton, officers were called to the underpass around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, with reports or person trapped in a vehicle. Upon arrival, Newton said officers found the individual sitting on top of the vehicle, and called the Ames Fire Department to assist. Newton said the individual was rescued by Ames firefighters and the vehicle was towed.
Though Thursday morning saw pockets of flash flooding across Ames, Newton said that apart from the water rescue, the only other impact of the flooding was to various buildings across campus, though he said he did not have an exact damage estimate as of Thursday afternoon.
According to Brad Small, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines, Ames received just over 3-inches of rain, which he said was reported from multiple locations across the city.With that rainfall, Small said that Ames is already 2.29-inches above the average for the five days in July. Over the last month, Small said that Ames has received 12.75-inches of rain, which is 7.72 inches above the average for that timeframe.
Small said that moving forward, the weekend should be pretty dry in Ames with a possibility of more rain by the middle of next week.