Cedar Rapids Mayor: River Crest Imminent, but Lower than Expected

Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett (WHO-HD)

Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett (WHO-HD)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Flood waters from the Cedar River are slowly rising in Cedar Rapids Tuesday morning, and the mayor says the river’s crest is near.

Around 5:37 a.m. Tuesday, Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett told Channel 13’s Josh Nguyen that he expects the river to crest within the next hour.

The latest river levels from the National Weather Service show the  Cedar River at  21.87 feet in Cedar Rapids as of 6:00 a.m. At 5:00 a.m. it was 21.77 feet and at 4:00 a.m. it was at 21.78 feet.

Monday, the crest had been predicted to happen early Tuesday afternoon at 23 feet but the numbers have been adjusted since then.

The city didn’t take any chances in its flood preparations. At this point, workers have filled a quarter-million sandbags, and almost ten miles of Hesco barriers have been put up — in some cases on top of the levees.

Those levees are only temporary though. That’s why city leaders have asked residents in areas near the river to evacuate – in case the barriers don’t hold.

That zone contains about 20,000 people and 5,800 homes and businesses.

At this point, the evacuations are voluntary.