Heavy rainfall and rising floodwaters have forced hundreds of residents in central and eastern Iowa to evacuate their homes.
Up to six inches of rain have fallen in some areas for three days, causing the Hawkeye State's creeks and rivers to swell.
"I'd never been through a flood, personally, so I didn't know what to expect," Iowa State University volleyball coach Christy Johnson-Lynch told USA Today.
"You think of flooding and you think of water seeping in, but to actually see all this water and things floating in an area you where just were yesterday and everything was perfectly fine - it's just a crazy feeling," she said.
On Wednesday, a 16-year-old girl drowned when her car was swept away by rushing waters on a rural road.
And in Ames, flooding caused a main pipe to break, leaving 55,000 residents without clean water.
Meteorologists say that a snowy winter and a wet spring and summer set the stage for the flooding.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the northwest part of the state through Friday.