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Latest Cedar River Flooding Updates

Latest Cedar River Flooding Updates

July 2, 2024

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Live updated map from National Weather Service depicting river levels.

Current Conditions

Cedar River Expected Crest Level*: 8.94 feet 
Crest Date: Monday, July 8
Current & Projected River Levels Map: National Weather Service

*We will continue to monitor the forecast, as it may fluctuate as additional data comes in.


Road Closures

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

Closures: 
  • Otis Rd SE from Cargill south to Prairie Park Fishery Entrance east of RR crossing 
  • Ellis Road from River Bluff Road to Covington Road
  • Old River Rd SW from Ely Rd to Sunshine Ct SW 

Park & Trail Closures

The following park facilities will be closed in preparation for high water. Closed facilities will reopen after the water has receded and clean up has been performed.

  • Access to Robins Lake closed
  • Manhattan pavilion opening Tuesday
  • ADA dock near Ellis Park closed
  • Prairie Park ADA fishing pier closed
  • Cole Street trailhead closed to Bertram trailhead
  • Cedar Valley Nature Trail open
  • Prairie Park Fishery trail closed
  • The backside of Seminole Valley Park closed (where the air strip is)

Ellis Harbor
The expected water level will make the main channel boat ramp and EEE side at Ellis Boat Harbor inaccessible. It is recommended that any property on the EE or EEE side be removed by noon on Wednesday.

We will continue to monitor park facilities in flood-prone areas for any additional closures.

Boat Ramps & Cedar River Access
Boat ramps and river access points reopened on Sunday and may close again as river levels rise.


Recent Updates

Friday, July 12 // 9:00 AM
The Cedar River is currently at 8.94 ft and is no longer at Action Stage. River levels should remain normal for the coming days. 

Wednesday, July 10 // 12:00 PM
The Cedar River is currently at 10.6 ft and falling. It should be back to normal levels by late Thursday or early Friday.  

Monday, July 8 // 9:30 AM
The Cedar River is expected to crest today at 11.9 feet and then drop back to normal levels by the end of the week. Road and park closures will be reopened as soon as possible.

Friday, July 5 // 3:00 PM
The Cedar River level has been holding steady at approximately 10 ft for the last several days.  As this is considered Action Stage, the City team has continued to monitor low-lying areas and a few closures have remained in effect.  The river is expected to rise slightly over the next few days, and is currently projected to crest at 12 feet on Monday.  Staff will be on standby through the weekend in case the projection changes significantly.  Road and trail closures will be reinstituted as needed as the river rises.  By Thursday of next week, the river is expected to fall below Action Stage.

Monday, July 1 // 8:15 AM
The Cedar River crested at 13.86 feet on Saturday morning and is now below flood stage.

Thank you to our City team members who placed temporary flood-protection measures and monitored the river around the clock this weekend. Your flawless implementation of our Interim Flood Plan kept Cedar Rapids residents and businesses safe.

With each new phase of the permanent Flood Control System, our reliance on interim protection measures decreases. We look forward to greater peace of mind during rising river levels when the Flood Control System is complete. In the meantime, we can be proud of the plans in place to ensure safety and security during flood events!


Sunday, June 30 // 9:30 AM
The Cedar River crested at 13.86 feet on Saturday at 2 AM.

We are working on opening the Boat ramps to allow access to the river. We are also opening Ellis Rd from Cedar Bluff to Covington Rd (west of Edgewood Rd.; 1st street NW from O Ave NW to Penn Ave NW; and Penn Ave NW from Ellis Blvd to 1st St NW. We will continue to monitor a few plug and pump locations as needed.


Saturday, June 29 // 2 AM
The Cedar River crested at 13.86 feet this morning. Interim flood protection efforts continue to perform as anticipated. Crews will continue 24-hour monitoring as river levels recede.


Friday, June 28 // 4:15 PM
The crest forecast remains at 14.1 feet. Crews are working to upgrade the City's flood protection level to 16 feet out of an abundance of caution. The process will be updated as needed if the forecast changes.

  • Boat ramps and river access remain closed.
  • Pumps are staged in areas with stormwater plugs, ready to pump rainwater back into the river as necessary.
  • Detention basins have been filling with water as expected.
  • Signage is being added to warn visitors at Riverside Park and near the Bowling Street detention basin not to swim in detention basins.

The "Big Rove Ride" special event will continue as scheduled. We worked with the event coordinators to adjust the ride route in areas where the Cedar Valley Nature Trail is closed due to flooding.

Staff will continue 24-hour operations and monitoring throughout the weekend.


Friday, June 28 // Noon
Factoring in today's rainfall, the National Weather Service updated the expected crest to 14.1 feet — just above moderate flood stage. The crest is anticipated early Saturday morning. Several roads, trails, and park facilities are closed. All boat ramps and river access points are closed for your safety.

Protection measures are in place to a 15 foot flood crest, and impacts are not anticipated to homes or businesses. We have the ability to increase the level of protection should conditions warrant.

Staff are running 24-hour operations monitoring pumps and other protection efforts. We remain in close contact with the National Weather Service for any changes to crest predictions.


Thursday, June 27 // 2:30 PM
Boat ramps and Cedar River access points will close at 8 PM on Thursday, June 27. Tentative reopening schedule is 8 AM on Sunday, June 30. Learn more.


Tuesday, June 25 // 11 AM
The National Weather Service updated the expected crest to 14.5 feet anticipated on Saturday. Several park facilities have closed in preparation for high water.

Our scheduled protection level remains sufficient for the current predicted crest, with the ability to increase the level of protection should conditions warrant.


Monday, June 24 // 2 PM
The National Weather Service updated the expected crest to 13.4 feet anticipated on Friday.

We will have crews on standby to monitor protection measures around the clock as the river rises and remain in close contact with the National Weather Service for any changes to these crest predictions.


Sunday, June 23 // 10 AM
Areas north of Cedar Rapids received quite a bit of rain over the weekend, and are forecast to get more. Because of this, the Cedar River is expected to begin rising on Tuesday and is expected to crest Thursday at 14.7 feet.

Action stage for the Cedar River is 10 feet, and minor flood stage is 12 feet. So we will be preparing for action similar to the last event in May, when the river crested at 13.06 feet. 

With protection measures in place, impacts are not anticipated to homes or businesses. 

We will remain in close contact with the National Weather Service for any changes to these crest predictions. For the latest info on river levels, visit here

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