Cedar Rapids Under Threat of Major Flooding

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- All of the excess water currently flowing to the south and east has of Des Moines has put Cedar Rapids under the threat of major flooding along the Cedar River.

City officials encouraged residents and businesses to prepare. The mayor says emergency plans are in place.

"We've been here before, unfortunately," said Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett. "If you believe experience is the best teacher, we've had a chance to learn a lot since that 2008 event. The most important thing as a community that we learned, was to use every precaution available."

The National Weather service forecasts the Cedar River will crest early next week at just over 24 feet.

If that happens, a large portion of the city, including the downtown district, will be under water.