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Cedar River boat ramps closing due to heightening water level

The view of the Cedar River from the overlook on the Cedar Cliff Trail at Palisades-Kepler State Park in Mount Vernon on Monday, Jun. 26, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
The view of the Cedar River from the overlook on the Cedar Cliff Trail at Palisades-Kepler State Park in Mount Vernon on Monday, Jun. 26, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department will be closing boat ramps at 8 p.m. Tuesday due to heightened Cedar River water levels.

By closing the boat ramps, boats and other water craft are discouraged from being on the Cedar River when the river level is at 13 feet or higher, according to a news release.

This is due to the increased risk of boating accidents with swift moving water, strong currents, and rapidly moving debris.

Boat ramps within the City limits will be closed until around 7 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12, because river water levels are expected to be at 13 feet or higher during the period. Barricades will be placed in front of the boat ramps.

The closure period may be modified if river level projections are revised by the National Weather Service.

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