Public Safety

Update: River crest forecast raised to 17.5 feet on Sunday, more rain expected today

Work continues on the Quaker Oats flood wall on the east side of the Cedar River as the water rises in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. The Cedar River in Cedar Rapids is projected to reach major flood stage on Thursday after heavy weekend rains. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Work continues on the Quaker Oats flood wall on the east side of the Cedar River as the water rises in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. The Cedar River in Cedar Rapids is projected to reach major flood stage on Thursday after heavy weekend rains. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

The forecast crest of the Cedar River at Cedar Rapids was adjusted overnight, moving from 16.5 feet on Thursday to 17.5 feet Sunday afternoon.

This follows the city’s announcement that they would be taking steps to complete protection up to 18 feet by Wednesday night, and are prepared to add additional protection along the river for up to 20 feet, if needed.

According to the most recent projections by the National Weather Service, the water is expected to hover around 15 feet for the next few days, and raise on Saturday to reach the peek of 17.5 feet midday Sunday.

Rain and a chance for thunderstorms are expected across Iowa today as a storm front moves Northeast from Kansas.

With it brings the chance of localized heavy rainfall.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a slight chance of showers between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday with a 20 percent chance of precipitation.

There is a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms on Friday but no rain in the forecast for the rest of the week.

According to a Weather Channel report, tropical storm Gordon has weakened to a tropical depression and is spreading heavy rain through parts of the Deep South. However, it will not effect states further north as previously expected.

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Stay with The Gazette for all updates on the city’s flood preparation plans, road closures, and adjustments to the river level forecast.

You can follow along with the river level forecast via The Gazette’s river level monitor map.

Current closures as of 10:55 a.m. Wednesday

 

Roads:

  • Old River Road from Ely Road to Sunshine
  • Otis Road from Cargill to Fish Hatchery
  • Ellis Road from River Bluff to Covington Road
  • A Ave from 26th St to Linn County Solid Waste
  • 21st St between C Avenue to A Avenue
  • Penn Ave has a 1-lane reduction between Ellis to O Avenue

Parks:

  • Ellis Harbor boat launch 
  • Jones Golf Course
  • Softball Hall of Fame at Ellis Park
  • Parks: Broderick, Cheyenne Off-Leash Area (Dog Park), Nixon, Robbins Lake and Seminole Valley
  • Park Pavilions: Lakeview, Manhattan, Mohawk and Valley View 
  • Cedar River Trail:
    • Pedestrian walkway by federal courthouse under 8th Avenue bridge
    • Tait Cummins to Mt. Trashmore
  • Ellis Trail from Edgewood Road NW to Ellis Harbor
  • Sac & Fox Trail

 

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