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UPDATE: River in Waverly receding; still some road closures

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -

The City of Waverly says the river is receding, and previously-closed roads are starting to re-open.

Crestwood Avenue, Seventh Avenue SE and Fourth St. SE were still closed due to flooding as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Third Street SE Bridge was open only to local traffic.

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Mayor Bob Brunkhorst said Southeast Elementary School will be closed Wednesday due to flooding.

Classes will no longer be held at an alternative location.

Waverly's city administrator says it's due to road flooding from the Cedar River. As of Wednesday morning, some residents were being asked to stay inside their home. He believes the river levels will go down later Wednesday.

All other schools are still in session Wednesday.

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Starting at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, crews started making a 400-foot wall of sand that's at least two feet high in an effort to prevent water from flooding onto the street.

City employees have assured residents they do not expect the flooding to be severe, and they are not anticipating a repeat of the flooding in 2008.

Superintendent of Public Works Brian Sullivan said at least six trees were blown down from Sunday night's storm.

He said the city received multiple calls for assistance in removing large branches, and that most of the damage was reported in the northwest part of Waverly.

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As waters rise on eastern Iowa rivers and streams, it's hard not to think back to the floods of 2008.

That's why some residents of southeast Waverly are a little nervous, as the waters of the Cedar River move toward a crest in the next 24 hours.

This year, while only minor flooding is anticipated in Waverly, city workers are keeping a close eye on the situation and have already taken precautionary actions.

The heavily-traveled Green Bridge in Waverly was closed as of Tuesday night.

For the first time, the City of Waverly has put up Hesco barriers, which serve as a four-foot flood barrier, with a sand base. The barriers were working as they were designed, but waters were rising toward the top of some of the barriers Tuesday night.

"There are times I think maybe a tornado would be better, because it would just take the whole thing away and I wouldn't have to rebuild it," said Waverly resident Brian Curtis. "It seems like every time there's a flood in this area it, it's a little worse than last time."

The city spent much of Tuesday filling the barriers along 7th Avenue Southeast.

"Nothing's foolproof, we can't predict the river, but we're doing what we can and what we think is the best option to protect this part of town," said Waverly City Administrator Phil Jones.

"I should know the routine," Curtis said. "The water's gonna come up that road, and then it's gonna cross 7th avenue, and then the bridge will be closed and by that time we have to evacuate."

City officials in Waverly urge residents in the southeast part of town to sign up for Code Red alerts by clicking here.

Officials said residents will receive a notification if they need to evacuate due to flooding.

The Cedar River is expected to crest in Waverly overnight and into the early morning.

Mayor Bob Brunkhorst said Tuesday evening that portions of 1st Street by 7th Ave. SE were closed as well as 8th Street by Southeast Elementary School. He said 7th Ave. SE and 4th Street would also be closed.

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