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Driver Escapes After Car Plunges Into Overflowing River

IOWA CITY, Iowa - A driver escaped uninjured after driving his car into the overflowing Iowa River late Friday night. According to police, the man was driving east on Highway 6 when he lost control and... Read More »

Despite Flood Preps, Much of New Bohemia Open for Business

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Flooding concerns have already shuttered a few businesses in New Bohemia, like NewBo Books and the NewBo City Market, across the street. But behind the wall of sandbags volunteers... Read More »

Palo to Issue Voluntary Evacuations

PALO, Iowa - The city of Palo announced that voluntary evacuations will be issued as the city prepares for a crest of 17 feet, late Saturday night into Sunday morning. The voluntary evacuations will impact... Read More »

Tama County Offering Free Flood Clean-up Kits to Residents

TAMA COUNTY, Iowa - The Tama County Emergency Management Agency is pleased to be able to provide FREE Floodwater Household Clean-up Kits to any Tama County household in immediate need of one. Floodwater... Read More »

Residents Living in Flood-prone Areas Remain Cautiously Optimistic

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Residents located south of the Coralville Reservoir are remaining cautiously optimistic about flooding conditions after a mostly-sunny afternoon in Iowa City on Friday. Though many people... Read More »

Cedar River to Crest Sunday in Cedar Rapids, Crest Lowered

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Friday was a day for the city of Cedar Rapids to catch its breath. The flooding Cedar River stopped its climb at the 17-foot level, a foot above major flood stage, with the National... Read More »

Univ. of Iowa Officials Confident Plan Keeps Them Ahead of Floodwater

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Apart from the buildings that have been emptied and closed to prepare for the threat of flooding, it's business as usual at the University of Iowa, officials said Friday. A 12-foot wall... Read More »

Volunteers Sandbag Next To Partially Complete Flood Wall in Coralville

CORALVILLE, Iowa - Volunteers are sandbagging alongside a partially completed permanent flood wall in Coralville. "I remember thinking last time was a 500 year flood," said Travis Heck, who helped with... Read More »

Flood Preparation Efforts Ongoing in Vinton

VINTON, Iowa - The flood preparation along the Cedar River in Vinton was moving as fast Friday as the rising floodwater beside Friday morning as city workers, AmeriCorps and volunteers returned to help... Read More »

Czech Village Merchants Preparing for Flooding

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A handful of merchants in Czech Village have decided better safe than sorry when it comes to flood preparations. Some businesses remembering the damage of 2008 began moving belonging... Read More »

Johnson County Expects More Flooding, Road Closures

IOWA CITY, Iowa — As outflows increase at the Coralville Reservoir and water levels continue to rise on the Cedar and Iowa rivers, officials with the Johnson County Emergency Management Agency said Friday... Read More »

Johnson County Sheriff Bans Recreation On Iowa River

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office this morning issued a ban on boating, canoeing, swimming, or engaging in any other recreational activity on the Iowa River and all creeks, streams... Read More »

New River Gages Providing Better Flooding Forecasts

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- New Eastern Iowa river gages added since 2008 are working well this week, which means the National Weather Service can develop better forecasts as Linn and Johnson counties prepare... Read More »

City of Coralville Requests Volunteers for Sandbagging

CORALVILLE, Iowa - The City of Coralville continues in its preparations for flooding from the Iowa River and Clear Creek. Volunteers are needed to assist with filling sandbags beginning at 11:00 am today.... Read More »

Taft Speedway Resident: 'I Fully Understand The Risk'

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- On Taft Speedway along the Iowa River, Mark Phelps was moving stuff out of his garage, which sits at the 100-year-flood level, on Thursday morning, but he was not worried about the part... Read More »

Flood Updates From The Corridor Arts And Culture Scene

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- When the rains start falling and don’t let up, we get that awful flashback to the Floods of 2008, when we saw the Cedar and Iowa rivers swallow nearly all of our performing arts venues... Read More »

Cedar Rapids' Flood Control Measures Doing Their Job

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — For now, the Cedar River here is holding about steady, just above 17 feet, though the National Weather Service’s projection is still for the river to climb to 19.9 feet by Saturday... Read More »

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