Cedar River Expected to Crest, Town Evacuated

September 27, 2016 01:31 PM

Farmers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa will have to wait longer to get back in the field to harvest crops.  

Both Iowa and Wisconsin governors Terry Branstad and Scott Walker, respectively, have declared disaster emergencies after flooding from last week’s rainfall.

At some point on Tuesday, the Cedar River is supposed to crest 23 feet above flood stage. 

Thousands are now being asked to leave their homes, while 5,000 people living in downtown Cedar Rapids are clearing out and could not be back for several days.

“We have pretty much all of our essential things,” said Sydney Lane, an evacuee.

River levels upstream reached their second highest levels over the weekend, although still far below the record set in 2008.

According to the city manager, Cedar Rapids has been preparing for a major flood since the 2008 disaster, causing billions of dollars in damage. He says city workers and volunteers have been building a temporary levee system to try to contain the water.

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