CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The City of Cedar Rapids lifted the gates at the 5-in-1 dam Saturday evening.
A moderate flood is expected, and crews are preparing to make sure the rising water levels won’t damage the structure.
As soon as the water is at 10 feet, the city’s required to raise slide gates. By the time the water reaches 12 feet, all gates will be out of the water.
“What this means is that it’ll turn the 5-in-1 dam into just basically a 5-in-1 bridge, so we’re no longer holding the water back. We’re letting it flow freely throughout the structure,” said Megan Murphy, the city’s Utilities Communication Coordinator.
The Department of Natural Resources and the state of Iowa require lifting the gates to make sure the city can handle the higher water.