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Expected Cedar River Crest in CR Tuesday

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) The City of Cedar Rapids and its residents have spent the last few days getting ready for the Cedar River to crest Tuesday afternoon.

Just in the past few days, the forecasted crest jumped roughly three feet.

The green fields around the Time Check area mark all the spots where homes used to be. Weather this weekend changed the forecasted crest for Tuesday night, but not the response from some people who live around here.

"In this case, you saw a lot of rain that happened in our watershed and that impacted the final numbers, said Cedar Rapids Public Works Manager Craig Hanson.

Last week, the protection plan didnt include sandbags, With a crest just a little higher than 17 feet expected Tuesday night, now the city has already used 15,000 bags and will be making more before the river peaks, just in case.

On the northern part of the river, Craig says the community garden in Ellis Park will be completely underwater. Further south, in the downtown area, all the bridges will remain open. The New Bohemia and Czech Village areas are expected to stay dry, some trails and roads south of town could see as much as seven feet of water. A 17 foot crest isn't 31, like in 2008, but it still has some people on the Northwest side thinking of 2008.

"I've seen people fly up and down the street getting sandbags and their friends coming in after work, said Mike Reinert. He and his family lived in their home in the 500 year flood plain since 2000. And I know of people who have sandbags stored so they could get them at a moment's notice."

But people like Mike and some of his neighbors have been in the area since before 2008. They might understand their newer and younger neighbors anxiety, but they dont share it.

"I don't think its necessary to become overly alarmed about the fact that it's rising, said Reinert. We've had a lot of rain so it's going to rise."

"Last year when it was around 17 or 18 I wasn't quite sure where it was going to hit or what to expect, said Kim Edmunds. She lives down the street from Mike. This year, kind of wait and see."

Al Pierson says it would take about 24 feet of water to reach his business, which he rebuilt after the flood.

He says he not worries about Tuesday either, "however, all that said, any time we start closing streets and seeing a crest above flood stage, it does make me nervous, it always will, said Pierson.

Craig says there are only two properties down near the Czech Village area that might see any water near their property. He says all the road closures are just precautionary, or because city equipment, like pumps and manhole barricades, are blocking the road.

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