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City of Cedar Rapids Flood Forecast and Preparation


September 22, 2016,  4:05 p.m.

City of Cedar Rapids Flood Forecast and Preparation

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – September 22, 2016 – The Cedar River is projected to crest at 24.1 feet on Monday, Sept. 26. This will continue to be monitored over the next few days and will likely fluctuate some as additional data comes in.  City of Cedar Rapids staff have been undertaking preparations and will continue to monitor conditions going into this weekend.

Currently, crews are deploying pumps, sewer plugs, and identifying strategic sandbagging areas around the community. Plugs prevent water from inundating the sewer system, and have already been deployed and will continue to be deployed.   If current predictions of 24.1 feet hold true, it is anticipated that street flooding will occur in Time Check, Downtown core, NewBo District, and Czech Village.

Road closures are being planned preemptively on Saturday to deploy traffic control in advance of rising water in these areas. These closures will be posted on the city’s website. Traffic signals will be turned off as necessary during these road closures. Bridges will be monitored and closed as necessary. The public is advised to heed all road closure signs and barricades. Residents are reminded to not drive or walk through standing water.

For low-lying areas that will see water impacts, if your property does not have sanitary sewer backflow prevention in place, place a heavy object such as a sandbag, metal plate, or other heavy object on top of your floor drain to prevent backups. 

Information on potential sandbagging areas will be issued as flood preparation work continues. Volunteers will be able to find information on the City’s website as needs are identified.



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