Cedar Rapids, Iowa News, Sports, and Weather
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Heavy rain overnight, in addition to heavy rain over the past 36 hours, has lead to additional flash flooding issues across Eastern Iowa.
The city of Cedar Rapids has announced that it is closing Cottage Grove Parkway SE because of rising levels on Indian Creek. Emergency flood protection is being installed along Cottage Grove Parkway SE starting at Sundland Drive working to the east. Door to door notifications have been made along Cottage Grove Parkway giving residents time to move cars. Officials said that significant flooding has been noted on the upper end of the Indian Creek watershed in Marion. The northern part of Cedar Rapids has received 4 or more inches of rain at some locations in the last 24 hours.
The city has also closed J Street SW at Prairie Creek because of flooding. Officials are monitoring the creek near Bowling Street SW and may close the road if the creek continues to rise. Officials also announced they are dropping off sandbags in the Time Check area of northwest Cedar Rapids, as a precaution, as the Cedar River continues to rise.
Flash flooding in Dubuque lead to the closure of several roads this morning. Rupp Hollow Road and Herber Road were both closed due to rising water.
Flooding in low-lying areas of Kalona has also been reported by NewsLine9 callers.
The Iowa Department of Transportation has closed Highway 6 near West Liberty to near Atalissa due to flooding. NewsLine9 callers report that the community of West Liberty is seeing significant flash flooding.
In Solon and North Liberty, residents are being asked to conserve water usage due to an influx in storm sewer draining.
In Iowa City, University of Iowa officials believe that the hill behind Mayflower Residence Hall is now stable after a mudslide overnight caused minor damage to vehicles in the parking lot. The mudslide was the result of soil and construction debris that had been at the top of the bluff that was washed down the side of the hill into the Mayflower parking lot after heavy rain Wednesday, UI spokesman Tom Moore said. Officials closed a portion of Dubuque Street so they could clean-up the mudslide. Our crew on the scene reports that northbound Dubuque Street remains open, southbound lanes are closed.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reduced outflow at Coralville Lake from 4,000 cubic feet per second to 1,000 cfs at 7 a.m., said Rick Fosse, Iowa City's public works director. He hopes the city, which is downstream from the lake, will see the effects of that later today and the street can reopen by midday.
However, Fosse said, the unknown is flows out of Clear Creek and Rapid Creek, which flow into the Iowa River and are downstream from the lake but upstream from Iowa City.
The rest of the city is doing fine, with the lack of heavy rain overnight allowing drainage systems to catch up, he said.
In Coralville, southbound traffic on First Avenue was backed up nearly to Interstate 80 around 8:15 a.m.. First Avenue and Dubuque Street are two major entryways to the University of Iowa campus and downtown Iowa City from the interstate.
There are no reports of significant flooding in Coralville and city officials are monitoring creeks and streets, Assistant City Administrator Ellen Habel said.