UPDATED: Cedar Rapids flood: What you need to know

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- RIVER LEVEL:
Below flood stage
Crested at 21.97 at 10:30 am last Tuesday.

Hesco barriers hold back flood waters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. (The History Center)

UPDATE: SANDBAG COLLECTION
Don't put sand bags in collection carts.
-Leave sandbags on property until collection begins, store them on the driveway or use the street, but leave separation between the curb for water run-off.
-Sand bag pick up set to start October 10, and run for 2 weeks,
we aren't sure how long it will take.
-Resume normal garbage, recycle, and bag collection on Monday Oct. 3rd, 2 additional 30 pound bags can be picked up without charge. This only applies for customers in the evacuation area. All bags should weigh under 40 pounds.
-Delayed vacuum leaf collection until the week of Oct. 10

SANDBAG DROP OFF LOCATIONS (RESIDENTS):
-Opening at 7 a.m. Friday, Noelridge Aquatic Center parking lot is the location where residents can dispose of sandbags.
-Ellis Park next to the tennis courts is another location for sand bag disposal, this site will open on Saturday at 7 a.m.

SANDBAG DROP OFF LOCATIONS (BUSINESSES):
The City of Cedar Rapids has established four sites for commercial properties of the downtown district to drop off sandbags. The sites will be available for sandbag drop offs beginning at 7 a.m. Friday for commercial properties outside the evacuation zone, and by noon Friday for commercial properties in the current evacuation zone. Find details here.

InBlack Hawk County, sandbags can be returned to the following locations:
-The Moose Lodge in Washburn on US 218
-The city park in Finchford on Finchford Road
-Secondary Roads Shed on Cedar Street in La Porte City

FLOOD DEBRIS
Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency will take drop off of flood debris at the site on County Home Road; regular disposal fees apply. Hazardous materials, appliances, TVs & monitors, and tires are also accepted but need to be kept separate.

VOLUNTEERING:
United Way 211 is the focal point for organizing volunteers. Call 2-1-1 from a landline or 319-739-4211 to request help or volunteer.

ROAD CLOSURES:
Bridges
-All Downtown / NewBo / Czech Village bridges are open
-Closed: E and F Avenue bridges underneath I-380
-All access to I-380 has been restored

Road Closures
-Ellis Blvd NW, from Penn Avenue to Ellis Lane is closed
-E Ave NW between 3rd Street and 1st Street NW is closed
-Bowling Street SW between C Street and D Street is closed
-Otis Rd SE from High Drive to 15th Avenue is closed
-A Street SW from 17th Avenue to 22nd Avenue is closed (access to landfill via C Street SW and Hawthorne Drive)
-C Street SW between 20th Avenue and 22nd Avenue SW is closed
-1st Street NW from G Avenue to Penn Avenue is closed

Linn County:
ROAD CLOSURES:
-Wapsi Banks Road 1,400 feet east of Boy Scouts Road to 1.5 miles east of Boy Scouts Road

In Benton County:
-Iowa Highway 150 at the Cedar River Bridge in Vinton has reopened
-22nd Ave at the Mt. Auburn/Brandon Bridge is closed.
-Benton/Buchanan Road near the Mt. Auburn/Urbana Bridge is closed
-22nd Ave north of 22nd Ave Trail (Coots Sandpit) is closed
-22nd Ave Trail (Mt Auburn Blacktop) north of Vinton is closed.
-22nd Ave Road north of Vinton is closed.
-24th Ave. Drive north of Iowa Highway 150 is closed
-59th St Drive (Stoney Arch road) east of Vinton is closed
-29th Avenue Drive (Benton City Park Road) is closed

SCAMS:
Police are reporting scammers are targeting the Cedar Rapids flood zone offering free hotel rooms for a credit card or to secure homes for home owners for a fee. The FBI is now investigating. If you are a victim, contact Cedar Rapids Police or FBI.

POWER:
Alliant Energy has shut off power to about 40 homes in Palo closest to the river.

Alliant Energy does not anticipate widespread outages but will shut off power in flooded areas. Alliant said it will wait til the last minute to shut off power in flood areas in hopes of minimizing outages. Those who want to shut off their power are asked to call 800-255-4268, say the word “emergency”. You will be connected to the right person.

NATURAL GAS:
MidAmerican Energy has begun restoration of gas service for properties outside the revised evacuation area. The company said it will take several days to get to all homes and businesses. MidAmerican will notify customers with an automated phone message when restoration efforts are underway in their neighborhood.

MidAmerican will need access to the building to restore gas service. If access is not available when crews arrive, crews will leave a door tag with information asking customers to contact the company to set up an appointment for service restoration. The phone number is 888-427-5632.

If a property sustained flood damage, customers must hire a licensed mechanical or plumbing contractor to repair any damaged equipment or appliances, including air testing gas piping before gas service can be restored. Gas furnaces, water heaters and appliances that were submerged in water are considered dangerous and not safe to use.

SOLID WASTE AND RECYCLING
Garbage, recycling and yard waste will not be collected next week within the evacuation area. All other areas will receive normal collection. Those in the evacuation area are asked to secure their carts before leaving if they are able to do so.

TRANSIT SERVICE
Cedar Rapids Transit services resume normal operations Saturday, October 1.

TEMPORARY RELOCATION OF LINN COUNTY OFFICES
All Linn County Offices have reopened for normal business in their normal locations.