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Update on CR Flood Defenses

Updated: Thursday, May 30 2013, 01:16 PM CDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- City leaders in Cedar Rapids released the statement below regarding efforts to fight flood waters in the city:

City Responding to Rising River level

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – May 30, 2013 – The City of Cedar Rapids is responding to the current rising river levels.  Cedar Rapids City Manager, Jeff Pomeranz said, “We are aggressively addressing the current rising river levels.  City staff is working throughout the community, implementing the city’s flood response plan.”

The National Weather Service has increased the prediction for the Cedar River crest to reach 19.8 feet, which is 4 feet higher than its current level, by this Saturday at 11:00am. Citizens should stay out of closed areas and away from standing or flowing water.  

City staff is fully engaged in flood response activities to help mitigate potential flooding at a 20 foot river level. City staff is deploying pumps, plugs, sandbags, barricades, etc., and closing valves at preplanned locations adjacent to the river.  Staff continues to monitor forecast river levels, as well as actual river levels, and additional response actions will be taken as necessary to address changes as they occur.

The City of Cedar Rapids has materials available for residents to create sandbags at Bowling St. and C St. SW.

Cedar Rapids residents who live in low-lying areas next to the river can prepare by:

·         For those properties with sanitary sewer backwater valves, ensure they  are closed

·         Ensure sump pumps are operable

·         Remove cars from underground parking areas

·         Avoid parking cars on streets in low-lying areas near the river

Updated information will be provided as it becomes available.

Update on CR Flood Defenses

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