A longtime Iowa sportscaster has died in flash flooding in Des Moines amid heavy rain that forced the evacuation of some homes and businesses in one suburb.
Police said 66-year-old Larry Cotlar died Saturday when he was swept away in floodwater after his van stalled on a flooded north Des Moines street.
Cotlar had worked as the voice of Drake University's teams since 2005.
Drake athletics director Briand Hardin said he respected Cotlar's work and who he was.
Two men sit stranded in their cars, surrounded by flood water from Fourmile Creek on Des Moines' east side on Sunday morning after heavy rain fell overnight
Shane Rhoades returns to his home that exploded during the Saturday night flash flood. Rhoades said he and his wife were overtaken by water while in their basement but were saved when a wall gave out and they were swept outside
'We all had the utmost respect - not just for Larry's talent, but for the kind of quality person and colleague he was. Larry was loyal, passionate and tireless,' Hardin said.
Witnesses told police Cotlar was swept away as he got out of his stalled van. His body was found nearly four hours later, several blocks away.
The flooding was fueled by 3 to 8 inches (7.5 to 20 centimeters) of rain that fell across the Des Moines