CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The city of Cedar Rapids continues to prepare for flooding in its downtown as the water from last week’s torrential rains in northern Iowa moves downstream.
But there is a bit of good news for residents Monday morning.
Projections originally had the Cedar River cresting at 25 feet, that’s 13 feet above flood stage. Now, the projected crest has dropped. The latest numbers from the National Weather Service, as of 9:00 a.m., have the river cresting at 23 feet at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
Residents of the area most at-risk for flooding were asked to evacuate by Sunday night. About 5,000 homes are in that area.
Volunteers have been working frantically to fill sandbags to line the Cedar River, in an effort to protect homes and local businesses. The Cedar Rapids School District has also cancelled classes through Wednesday.
The Iowa National Guard has mobilized about 400 soldiers to assist in areas being affected by the flooding. Gen. Timothy Orr, The Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard said, “We’ll continue active monitoring of the conditions in the state that could require response coordination, as well as, ongoing assessments and planning for response missions that may be appropriate for the Iowa National Guard.”
Soldiers are patrolling areas of Cedar Rapids that are under a curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
The river levels in Cedar Rapids are not expected to drop below flood stage until Saturday.