Public Safety

Flood update: Edgewood Road reduced to one lane between Ellis and Glass Roads

A tree is surrounded by water from the Cedar River near 7th Avenue SW in Cedar Rapids on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
A tree is surrounded by water from the Cedar River near 7th Avenue SW in Cedar Rapids on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

The rising Cedar River has affected another road in Cedar Rapids.

According to a city media release, Edgewood Road NW will be reduced to one lane between Ellis and Glass Roads for traffic traveling south on Edgewood. The city said the closure is being made for safety measures related to high river levels.

The release noted that Highway 100 is open west of Edgewood Road to Covington Road NW. Crews will continue to monitor river levels near Edgewood Road.

Recent rain won’t change river level, much...

According to the release, despite being heavy, today’s rainfall will not significantly impact river volume.

However, rain events during high river stages require city crews to pump rain water back into the river, according to the release, as the City’s storm sewer system has been closed to prevent river water from backing up. City staff has attempted to plan ahead by proactively staging pumps in anticipation of a rain event, and pumping will occur as needed to any low-lying areas where rain water is pooling. The city is asking residents to heed road closure barricades and to avoid driving through standing water.

Updated list of road impacts and closures:

• (New) Southbound traffic on Edgewood Road reduced to one lane between Ellis Rd and Glass Road

• (New) 1st Street NW between I Avenue and Penn Avenue

• Penn Ave NW between O Avenue and Ellis Blvd

• Ely Rd SW between C Street and Old River Road

• Ellis Blvd NW between Ellis Lane and 18th Street

• A Street SW between 17th Avenue and the Compost Facility

• Ellis Rd NW, between Edgewood Road and Covington Road

• Old River Road NW between Ely Road to Big Bend Road

• Otis Road SE between Cargill to Fish Hatchery

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