Published: Sat, October 08, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Forecasters expect lower crest on flooded river

Officials in Cedar Rapids say their elaborate system of temporary floodwalls is successfully protecting thousands of homes and businesses from floodwaters. "We are following the flood crest downstream on the Cedar and Wapsipincon Rivers and today we are in Palo, Cedar Rapids and Anamosa to make sure communities have the most accurate information", he said in the release.

For residents like Heidi McKay, whose family were around for the city's worst flood back in 2008, they weren't taking chances.

City leaders have asked residents in areas near the river to evacuate.

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With the river expected to remain far above flood stage, it will likely be a few more days before residents are allowed to return to their homes and businesses and key roads reopen. Cedar Rapids public transportation services are also canceled for the time being.

However, Buelow warned that people were still under significant risk if they did not abandon the area.

Firefighters and police officers rescued a woman who was swept away by the river Monday afternoon.

The Red Cross, which is operating two shelters, said personnel were being brought in to assist with those who had left their homes.

Interstate 80 still remains open to motorists.

Over three days last week, upward of 10 inches of rain pummeled parts of eastern Iowa and western Wisconsin, CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar said. Another person lost his life after attempting to drive through floodwaters close to his home, the station reported.

The river was expected to crest Tuesday at 23 feet, the second largest flood in the city's history, behind only that of June 2008.

Anamosa along with much of Jones County is bracing for flooding.

The city didn't take any chances in its flood preparations.

In addition, several other Iowa cities including Charles City and Waterloo remain on edge in the face of potential flooding.

USGS scientists collect critical streamflow and water-quality data that are used by the National Weather Service to develop flood forecasts, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to manage flood control and various state and local agencies in their flood response activities and management of drinking water supplies.

"We're better prepared now", McKay told KGAN. We want it to work, we think it's going to work, we hope it's going to work, we pray it's going to work.

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