Cedar Rapids deploys HESCO barriers as crest prediction increases

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - The City of Cedar Rapids is putting additional flood-response measures in place ahead of the Cedar River's anticipated crest on Monday.

Alliant Energy crews load up HESCO Barriers on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. (Phil Reed/KCRG-TV9)

The Cedar River is expected to crest at 18.5 feet in Cedar Rapids between late Monday and early Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service's hydrograph projections.

The 18.5-foot prediction is still several feet shy of 2016's crest of 21.95 feet, and well below the 2008 crest, 31.12 feet.

Crews will be closing more roads, in addition to streets that were previously closed. The following roads are either currently closed or are expected to close soon.

• Effective 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 17: Intersection of C Street SW and Bowling Street SW will close
• Effective 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 17: Edgewood Rd NW fully closed to all traffic between Glass Rd and River Bluff Drive
• Overnight tonight (Sunday, March 17) Ely Road closure at Old River Road

Current closures include:

• Otis Rd
• Ellis Blvd between Ellis Ln and 18th St SW
• Ellis Rd west of Edgewood Rd
• A St SW
• Bowling St between A and C St SW
• Old River Rd
• 1st St NW between E Ave and Penn Ave NW
• J St SW
• Hawkeye Downs Rd from 41st St to J St SW

Sand-fill HESCO barriers have been placed in low-lying areas along the west side of the Cedar River.

Storm drains and manholes will be plugged in the Time Check neighborhood, Czech Village district, and Kingston Village district.

The city has also closed off its underground storm sewer system to try to prevent river water from backing up and flooding streets and buildings.

Outside these measures, the City of Cedar Rapids said flooding is not expected to impact homes and businesses.