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River levels drop across eastern Iowa


River levels here in eastern Iowa have fallen dramatically this summer. Some are so low they are impassible by boat.

The Cedar River is dropping from Waterloo to Cedar Rapids and everywhere in between. Sand bars are getting bigger and the rocky bottom is breaking the surface.

Clayton Neith of Waterloo likes fishing in the Cedar River, but he is resorting to catching bate while the river is so low.

"The water level usually is at the bottom of the pillar. I've never seen it like this in my life," said Neith.

Lori Eberhard, the Park Manager at George Wyth State Park, says the low levels have impacted local activities. Canoe trips were canceled and those who like to tube down the river got an extra long trip.

"The flow of the river is normally 7400 cubic feet per second. It was down to 84 cubic feet per second after a few weeks ago," said Eberhard.

Jamie Knutson, a Waterloo City Engineer, says it's a giant change in river level from 4 years ago. In some spots water is just trickling over the city's dam.

"Right now it's about 380 cubic feet per second which is very little considering in 2008 during the flood it was 112,000 cubic feet per second. So it's just an amazing difference from 4 years ago to what we have now," said Knutson.

According to the National Weather Service the Cedar River isn't expected to change much. Their weekly forecast says it could drop slightly by Friday.

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