Cedar River to Crest Sunday in Cedar Falls

By Forrest Saunders

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Cedar River is expected to crest at 94.2 feet in Cedar Falls, Sunday morning. That's a little more than six feet above flood stage.

Far fewer homes are expected to be impacted by this flood than previous. About 150 properties were bought out by the city after a record crest of 102.1 feet in 2008.

Still, this year's high water brought a group of onlookers to Gateway Park, Saturday. Many snapped photos and walked the swollen river bank. One couple used the flood as a background for their engagement photos.

“Hopefully it gives a certain level of uniqueness to it. How many people take pictures in flood water? I don't know,” said Aslan Denbow.

Black Hawk County residents may pick up free sandbags at three locations, courtesy of the county Emergency Management Commission.

Waterloo residents can get bags 24 hours a day at Waste Management at 3505 Easton Avenue. Residents must show proof of address. A guard will be at the gate after 4 p.m.

Sandbags are available for Cedar Falls residents at the transfer station on West Fifth Street from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Residents must show proof of address.

All other Black Hawk County residents may get sand and bags at the schoolyard in Finchford.

Questions may be directed to Black Hawk County Emergency Management office at 291-4373.

l Comments: (319) 368-8610; forrest.saunders@kcrg.com

 

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