DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Thunderstorms have brought more heavy rain to flood-ravaged Iowa, raising fears about rising rivers that are swamping cities across the state.
Storms overnight into today brought up to 5 inches of rain across west central Iowa -- primarily in the Raccoon River basin.
The Raccoon River meets the Des Moines River in downtown Des Moines.
The Des Moines River is on the way up because of water being released upstream from Saylorville Lake.
Meteorologist Rod Donavon of the National Weather Service says the water flowing into the Raccoon River "is a concern" as it makes its way toward Des Moines.
An army of sandbagging volunteers continues to wage a battle against the state's rising rivers. Governor Chet Culver has declared 53 of the state's 99 counties as state disaster areas. Nine rivers are at or above historic flood levels.