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River levels fall after 13.06 foot crest

River levels fall after 13.06 foot crest

May 27, 2024

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Current Conditions

Cedar River Crest Level: 13.06 feet
Crest Date: Sunday, May 26
Current River Level: 11.37 feet and falling (5/28/24 at 8 a.m.)
Current & Projected River Levels Map: National Weather Service


Road Closures

Residents are asked to heed all road barricades and to not drive through standing water. Roads currently closed include:

  • Otis Road SE
  • A Street SW
  • 1st Street NW, from O Avenue to Penn Avenue

Park & Trail Closures

  • Portions of the Cedar Valley Nature Trail, Prairie Park Fishery Trail, and Sac and Fox Trail will be closed.
  • Cheyenne Dog Park
  • Portions of Seminole Valley Park
We will continue to monitor park facilities in flood-prone areas for any additional closures.

Recent Updates

Monday, May 27 — 10 a.m.

The Cedar River has dropped to 11.9 feet. It crested yesterday at 13.06 feet. Our team will continue to monitor and pump a few low areas if it rains later today as forecasted. Rain is not expected to make much impact. 


Sunday, May 26 — 1 p.m. 

Cedar River levels are at 12.78 feet, and that level is expected to continue falling, according to projections by the National Weather Service. You can see the latest river levels at https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?gage=CIDI4...

As a precaution, we will continue to have staff on 24 hour coverage throughout the weekend.
Saturday, May 25 — 6 a.m.

The Cedar River is currently at 12.41 ft and is projected to reach 13 Feet today and hold at that level until Sunday, when it may start to drop. We will continue to have staff on 24 hour coverage throughout the weekend as rain begins again early Sunday morning.

Friday, May 24 — 9:15 a.m.

The Cedar River is now expected to crest at 13 feet on Sunday morning. With the actions taken so far, protection is in place to 15 feet. 

Projections have already taken into account the rain the city received Friday morning, so we don’t expect a large change in the predicted crest elevation at this point.

We had staff out early Friday morning to monitor the rainfall and will have staff working 24/7 through Monday, managing pumps and monitoring traffic control where there are road closures.

We will be placing sandbags in a few locations to protect city infrastructure. There is no need for the public to be concerned if they see employees doing this work.


Thursday, May 23 — 2:30 p.m.

With the Cedar River expected to crest on Sunday at 13.2 feet, the City is actively taking steps to protect residents.

We will be transitioning to have staff on 24 hour coverage to operate pumps as rain begins Friday morning. The river will likely reach 12 feet by Friday; city staff are preparing for a potential 15’ crest.

Action stage for the Cedar River is 10 feet, and minor flood stage is 12 feet.

With protection measures in place, impacts are not anticipated to homes or businesses, but additional road closures may occur.

Portions of the Cedar Valley Nature Trail, Prairie Park Fishery Trail, and Sac and Fox Trail will be closed. Cheyenne Dog Park and portions of Seminole Valley Park will also be closed. Park facilities in flood prone areas will continue to be monitored for any additional closures.

Crews will continue to have staff on standby and monitor protection measures around the clock, and will remain in close contact with the National Weather Service for any changes to these crest predictions.

Road Closures
Residents are asked to heed all road barricades and to not drive through standing water.

Road Closures will include:

  • Otis Rd
  • Ellis Blvd Between Ellis Ln and 18th St SW
  • Ellis Rd west of Edgewood Rd
  • A St SW
  • Old River Rd
We will continue to update this page with current flood protection and closure information.

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