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October 15, 2018, 2:30 p.m. 

The following roads will open tomorrow, October 16, 2018, as river levels continue to recede:

  • 2nd Street NW from K Ave to L Ave
  • 3rd Street NW from F Avenue to I Avenue
  • A Street SW from C Street to National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library 
  • A Street SW from 17th Street to Compost Facility 
  • Bowling Street SW from C Street to A Street

Otis Road SE from Cargill to Prairie Park Fishery will remain closed until river levels recede to 10 feet

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Current Road Closures (Friday, October 15, 2:30 p.m.)

The following roads will open Tuesday, October 16:

  • Penn Ave NW from 1st Street to Ellis Blvd
  • 1st Street NW from Penn Ave to O Ave
  • 3rd Street NW from F Avenue to I Avenue
  • 2nd St NW from K Ave to L Ave
  • A Street SW from C Street to National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library 
  • A Street SW from 17th Street to Compost Facility 
  • Bowling Street SW from C Street to A Street
Otis Road SE from Cargill to Prairie Park Fishery will remain closed until river levels recede to 10 feet. 

Park & Trail Closures (Tuesday, October 9, 7:15 a.m.)

  • Cedar River Trail (Tait Cummins to A St. landfill)
  • Cedar River Trail (8th Ave to 16th Ave)
  • Ellis Park Lakeview & Manhattan Pavilions
  • Ellis Softball Hall of Fame
  • Prairie Park Trail
  • Robbins Lake
  • Sac & Fox Trail (with exception of Sun Valley Park to Rosedale Dr.)
  • Seminole Valley Park

Boat Ramp Closure (Monday, October 8, 3 p.m.)

Due to heightened Cedar River water levels, the Cedar Rapids Fire Department will be closing boat ramps at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 10th.  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.  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 from Wednesday morning until the Cedar River falls below 13 feet.  Barricades will be placed in front of the boat ramps.

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


Sandbagging/Volunteers

The City has not opened sandbagging stations and is not seeking volunteer assistance at this time.


Solid Waste Agency

The Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency's 2250 A Street location is closed due to flooding. All yard waste, tree debris, recycling, and waste has been diverted to Site 2 at 1954 County Home Road.


Previous Updates

October 12, 2018, 3:30 p.m. 

The Cedar River is projected to crest at moderate flood stage this weekend. Protection measures are still in place for an 18 feet river stage, and are holding as anticipated.

The following roads will open today, October 12:

  • Penn Ave NW from 1st Street to Ellis Blvd
  • 1st Street NW from Penn Ave to O Ave

The following roads remain closed:

  • 2nd Street NW from K Ave to L Ave
  • 3rd Street NW from F Avenue to I Avenue
  • A Street SW from C Street to National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library 
  • A Street SW from 17th Street to Compost Facility 
  • Bowling Street SW from C Street to A Street
  • Otis Road SE from Cargill to Prairie Park Fishery

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 11:00 a.m.

The National Weather Service has lowered its projected river crest; the Cedar River is currently projected to crest on Saturday, October 13 at 15.8 feet, which is considered moderate flood stage.

The City has already built protection measures in place for an 18 feet crest, which includes installing plugs in underground storm sewer systems, placing cones over manholes, stationing pumps and road closure barricades to be used as needed, and building sand-filled HESCO walls in low-lying areas behind the Cedar Rapids Police Station.

Based on the updated predictions, the City will hold this position of 18 feet protection. Staff are closely monitoring river levels and will continue to work closely with the National Weather Service to ensure appropriate protection measures are in place before the crest. The Public Works Department will continue to operate on 24-hour shifts to monitor protection measures and respond as needed until the flood threat has passed.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 11:30 a.m. 

The Cedar River is currently projected to crest on Saturday, October 13 at 18.6 feet, which is considered major flood stage. These projections are largely dependent on the amount of rainfall that occurs over the next several days, and crest predictions may change. The City is closely monitoring river levels and working closely with the National Weather Service to ensure appropriate protection measures are in place before the river crests.

Activity today will again be focused on building underground protection measures, including plugging storm sewer drains and utilizing pumps. Crews will also be placing concrete cones over manholes to prevent river backups. Pumps are used to prevent rain water from pooling in streets when the underground storm sewer system has been closed off to the river. As needed, the two permanent pump stations located at Sinclair and NewBo will begin pumping rain water back into the river.

The City continues to make preparations to protect to the 20 feet stage if necessary. Crews have started operating on 24-hour shifts to monitor the system and respond as needed. The Public Works Department will evaluate crest predictions again Wednesday to help determine appropriate levels of protection, based on updated information.


Monday, October 8, 2018, 12:50 p.m. 

The Cedar River is currently projected to crest on Sunday, October 14 at 19.7 feet, which is considered major flood stage. These projections are largely dependent on the amount of rainfall that occurs over the next several days, and crest predictions may change. The City is closely monitoring river levels and working closely with the National Weather Service to ensure appropriate protection measures are in place before the river crests.

Today, crews will begin staging equipment, plugging storm sewer drains, positioning pumps in the event of more rain, conducting river surveys at low-lying areas, and making preparations to protect to the 20 feet stage if necessary. Some above ground measures are already in place from the crest that occurred two weeks ago.

The Public Works Department will evaluate crest predictions again tomorrow and Wednesday to help determine appropriate levels of protection, based on updated information.

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