Eastern Iowa Rivers & Creeks on the Rise Following Weekend Rain

Water from the Cedar River covers a portion of Ellis Boulevard NW in Cedar Rapids, on Monday, March 11, 2013. (Dan Sheffer/KCRG-The Gazette)

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By Aaron Hepker

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- The combination of melting snow and a weekend of rain is causing some flash flooding in creeks and low-lying areas across eastern Iowa.

Ellis Boulevard NW, J Street SW and Bowling Street SW in Cedar Rapids have closed at times because of minor flooding this weekend.

People who live along Indian Creek in Marion and Cedar Rapids are keeping a close eye on the creek. In Marion, the creek covered part of Linn-Mar High School's old football field and was flooding backyards along Indian Creek Road. Residents along Cottage Grove Parkway in southeast Cedar Rapids said their flood-prone neighborhood had some minor flooding over the weekend, no damage has been reported as of Monday morning.

In Waterloo, officials closed several roads due to flooding.

People in Manchester have been closely watching the Maquoketa River. The river crested on Monday morning at 15.1, one foot above flood level. The National Weather Service said that the river level will continue to fall throughout the day.

Residents in Olin said the Wapsipinicon River rose quickly over the weekend flooding low lying areas of the community, no major damage was reported.

Because the ground is still frozen, all the melting snow and rain are running off and collecting in those low areas.

Watch the KCRG-TV9 News at 5 and 6 for the latest on the flooding.

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