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Cedar River crests this morning at 14.67 feet, Cedar Rapids dodges the rising river once again

The Third Avenue Southeast bridge crosses the Cedar River in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. This is a stock photo of a previous crest point. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
The Third Avenue Southeast bridge crosses the Cedar River in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. This is a stock photo of a previous crest point. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

For the third time in two months the Cedar River flirted with overrunning its banks.

This time, the Cedar River reached a crest of 14.67 feet in the morning hours of Sunday. Original forecasts for the river had the crest as high as 19 feet earlier this week, but that forecast was lowered multiple times.

The river was observed slightly lower, 14.6 feet at 3 p.m. today, meaning the fall from the crest has begun.

Ultimately, a level of 14.67 feet falls within the moderate flood stage. The most recent crest in late September reached major flood stage, which is above 16 feet.

While today’s crest fell outside major flood stage, moderate flooding still caused the city to close a number of roads in low lying areas.

Roads that remain closed include:

— Second Street NW from K Ave to L Ave

— Third Street NW from F Ave to I Ave

— A Street SW from C Street to the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

— A Street SW from 17th Street to the Compost Facility

— Bowling Street SW from C Street to A Street

— Otis Road SE from Cargill to the Prairie Park Fishery

The river is expected to start its descent and reach 12 feet by midday Monday, and 10 feet by Thursday, officially falling out of flood stage.

And according to the National Weather Service, the five-day forecast calls for mostly sunny days throughout Eastern Iowa this week, meaning the likelihood of an adjustment to the river’s forecast is unlikely.

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