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Residents Near the Cedar River React to Water Levels

With the heavy rain today, city officials say the Cedar River crested this afternoon with some areas in Cedar Rapids seeing flooding.
The rain caused some flooding in areas like Manhattan Park and as for nearby residents, they say they have no reason to worry.

Every day Richard Goldsberry and his wife get to wake up to a nice view of the cedar river...but on days like this he says he can't help but to remember five years ago.

"Well they said heavy rains so it makes you think back to 2008 when it did rain hard. So it makes me worried,” he said.

It’s something they try not to dwell on. In fact they held their garage sale anyway despite the water level.

"I know that if it was to rain several days quite hard and the river was coming up that we would have to pack up,” said his wife Pauline Goldsberry.

Not today though, Cedar Rapids officials say the water level crested in the afternoon at roughly 13.6 feet.

Public works maintenance manager Craig Hanson says they will continue to monitor it.

"There are no reported homes that are experiencing flooding. There's been no significant impact into the sanitary sewer, plants or into the sanitary sewer system at this time,” he said.

Hanson says they have staff on call and says anyone who sees significant flooding in any area should report it to public works.

"With the river this high, if you live anywhere near the river the water will go underground and go through the walls or basements,” he said.

Still, heavy rainfall or not, Richard says he has one hope for himself: “stay here until I retire and can't live here anymore,” he said.

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