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Towns on alert for rising waters on Cedar River

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CHARLES CITY (KWWL) -

Emergency crews are dealing with flooding on the Cedar River in Charles City, where the river rose more than 9 feet since 2 a.m. Monday.

The river is currently expected to crest at 20.6 feet at 1 a.m. Tuesday, at major flood stage.

According to the National Weather Service Advance Hydrologic Prediction Service, Clark Street at Leland floods and Court Street at Illinois floods at 20 feet.

Sandbagging is already underway in some locations.  At Immaculate Conception School, more than 200 Charles City high school students are helping sandbagging efforts. School leaders say it's just a precaution. The building has classes for Pre-K through 6th grade, and is only one block away from the Cedar River.

Acting Floyd County Emergency Management Coordinator Mitch Nordmeyer says the flooding is nothing like what happened in 2008, but probably the highest waters the area has seen since then. Some streets are closed, and water is getting close to some houses.

Bob Waters will have a live report on the KWWL News at 5 and News at 6 from Charles City.

Downstream, the river is expected to rise 6 feet in Cedar Falls, cresting at 92.7 feet on Thursday.

At that level, water covers Big Woods Road north of Dunkerton Road, and also covers Ford Road south of Fitkin Road.

Gateway Park, parts of Lake Street, and Big Woods Road south of Dunkerton Road will also be impacted. The Cottage Row neighborhood and Tourist Park will also take on floodwater.

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