CR Prepares for Major Flood Stage

posted by WMT News - 

Cedar Rapids' Public Works Department is addressing moderate flood stage river levels.

The Cedar River is expected to crest Sunday at 16.2 feet.

Some response measures include plugging storm sewer drains, deploying pumps, closure of low-lying roads and parks facilities along the river and harbor, and placing concrete cylinders over low-lying storm water inlets to prevent backflow from the river.

Park closures due to flooding include:
 - Robins Lake Park
- The Ellis Harbor boat launch
- Jones Golf Course back nine holes are closed
- Manhattan Park Pavilion
- Recreational trail (Prairie Creek to 16th Avenue SW)
- Softball Hall of Fame at Ellis Park

Road closures due to flood response activity include:
- A Street and 21 Ave SW
- Otis Road SW
- Ellis Road west of Edgewood Road
- Old River Rd SW
- Partial closure of 1st St NW between Penn and E Ave NW

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department closed boat ramps at 8 p.m. Tuesday night as boats and other watercrafts are discouraged from being on the Cedar River when the level is over 13 feet.

Boat ramps within city limits are expected to be closed until 7 a.m. September 12 because river water levels are expected to be high.

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