Cedar Rapids residents in original flood evacuation zone return home

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) Cedar Rapids residents have started returning to their homes located in the original 28-foot flood evacuation zone.

On Wednesday officials moved back the barricades from the 28-foot-flood stage to the 24-foot-flood stage meaning 2,500 homes and businesses had the clear to move back.

Residents who live on A Avenue in Cedar Rapids said they were excited to be back, but could not stay overnight because there was no power.

“It’s been a delay with the power getting back on and gas getting back on so just kind of waiting for that but really excited to get back into the comfort of my own home,” Taneka Smith said.

TV9 reached out to a spokesman Alliant Energy who says only about 30 customers requested to have their power turned off and its crews are working to restore power those outside the new evacuation zone. However, It will inspect homes inside the evacuation zone before turning power back on.

MidAmerican Energy Company says it has approval from the city to begin restoring service to properties outside the new zone.

Smith and her neighbors say they were thankful the water did not reach their homes.

“It’s great because we were informed a lot sooner than last time and we were just so much more prepared and the water didn’t hit us which was great ‘cause we thought it was and we have our home and the neighbors do so it’s good,” Magik Carlton said.

Residents a few streets over, spent their day moving furniture back in saying it was better to be safe than sorry.

“I am glad we did it just to be safe I mean I didn’t want to take the chance of losing everything again,” Ashley Swore said.

Law enforcement and the National Guard will continue to enforce a curfew for those still inside the reduced boundaries, from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. each day.