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1929: Slow moving thunderstorms produced very heavy rain in a swath from north central through east central Iowa on the night of August 1-2. The highest reported overnight rainfall amounts included 3.75 inches at Cedar Rapids, 4.50 inches at Tipton, 4.97 inches at Marshalltown, 6.46 inches at Belle Plaine, and 8.35 inches at Toledo where nearly all of that amount fell in just two hours. Local rivers and streams, including the Iowa River and its tributaries, quickly jumped out of their banks and resulted in significant flooding across the area. Many homes and buildings were flooded and there were widespread reports of 'highway and railway bridges washed away, stretches of track washed out, highways damaged, and much shocked grain carried away and farm animals drowned. Miles of railway were under water and many trains had to be detoured or suspended temporarily.'

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