Cedar River Crest Projection Increased to 17.6 Feet

By Rick Smith, The Gazette

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — At 9:24 p.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service projected the Cedar River at Cedar Rapids will climb to 17.6 feet by Thursday afternoon, which would not register as one of the 10-highest crests in the city’s history.

An earlier projected crest of 18.6 feet prompted the city’s Public Works Department to immediately begin to mobilize to set up a temporary sandbagging operation in New Bohemia.

The department successfully set up a similar operation a year ago, when the river reached 18.23 feet on June 2.

Just a week ago, the river climbed to 17.34 feet and began to drop, but heavy rain in the Cedar River watershed in the last couple of days is sending the river back up.

Craig Hanson, the city’s public works maintenance manager, on Tuesday said city crews will set up the New Bohemia sandbagging operation behind NewBo City Market by the end of the afternoon.

Hanson said the city anticipated it would need to make another 10,000 sandbags.

Should the river reach 18.1 feet, the city takes another significant action: It closes busy Edgewood Road at the Cedar River because water begins to cover the road at the south end of the bridge.

We’ve put together an interactive map of all stream gauges operated by the United States Geologic Survey. Click here to check river levels in Eastern Iowa.

l Comments: (319) 398-8312; rick.smith@sourcemedia.net

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