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Cedar Rapids Community School District cancels classes due to flooding

Schools and district offices will be closed through Wednesday

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CEDAR RAPIDS — All Cedar Rapids Community School District schools and offices will be closed through Wednesday due to rising flood levels.

The district announced the closure on Sunday. The district said it will evaluate flooding conditions in the community and communicate with families again by Wednesday afternoon.

“We’re concerned about our families and employees that are being displaced,” Superintendent Brad Buck said about the district’s decision. “We don’t yet know the impact that will have.”

The Cedar River is projected to crest at 23 feet Tuesday morning.

Bridges downtown were closed over the weekend as Cedar Rapids braced for the second highest crest in city history. The Edgewood bridge, north of downtown, is expected to be closed as well.

Those closures, Buck said, complicate the district’s 200 bus routes and employees ability to get to and from work.

Essential custodial and maintenance and grounds employees are expected to report to their work sites on their regular schedules.

Monday’s board meeting is also canceled.

No district schools are in the predicted flood zone, but district staff and volunteers have taken precautions at Taylor Elementary, 720 7th Ave SW, and Harrison Elementary, 1310 11th Street NW.

Sandbags were lined around Taylor Elementary on Saturday, and Harrison’s basement has been cleared. There’s also a pump ready at Harrison, should sewers backup as they did during the flood of 2008.

Buck said the district will continue to evaluate when to reopen schools.

“We’ll see how it unfolds,” Buck said. “We’re taking a wait-and-see approach.”

For all of The Gazette's Flood 2016 coverage, please visit our flood coverage center.

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