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Houseboat Owners Watching the Water

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28)- Area rivers continue to rise Tuesday, but here in Cedar Rapids, some houseboat owners are not concerned this year about their summer cabin floating down stream.

"These boat houses will be the least of everyone's worries," Cedar Boat Club Commordore Jim Kaas said.

Kaas is also a houseboat owner and tells CBS 2 news that these high water levels are nothing compared to 2008.

"The water was 15 feet higher than where we are now. That's a world of difference," Kaas said.

But even the fast-flowing water brings the cabins closer together.

"Everyone says their prayers and we all stick together," houseboat owner Dave McLaud said.

A community that McLaud said has each other's back during these times.

"If I lost everything I'd still rebuild," McLaud said.

He was one of the lucky owners who didn't lose everything to the flood but he's still keeping a watchful eye.

"I'm concerned because you just never know," he said.

But with the newly installed commercial floats to keep these homes afloat, the City of Cedar Rapids isn't concerned about chasing down the houseboats this year.

"while it's frustraing and it can cause some damage, the rest of the year the benefits of the river are pretty incredible for Cedar Rapids," Cedar Rapids Park Superintendent Daniel Gibbins said.

A special thing that both houseboat owners and the city said won't be floating away.

"There's not many harbors like this in the United States at least not in Iowa," McLaud said.

The National Weather Service is forecasting the Cedar River to drop below flood stage Friday.

The Cedar River is expected to crest in Cedar Rapids Tuesday and drop below flood stage Wednesday.

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