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UPDATE: Cedar Rapids flooding threat closes boat ramps, roads

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The City of Cedar Rapids will be closing boat ramps beginning at 8 p.m. Friday due to the high river levels that are expected. The City of Cedar Rapids will be closing boat ramps beginning at 8 p.m. Friday due to the high river levels that are expected.
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The City of Cedar Rapids will be closing boat ramps beginning at 8 p.m. Friday due to the high river levels that are expected.

Cedar Rapids Fire Department Public Information Officer Greg Buelow says all boat ramps along the Cedar River that are within city limits will be closed from 8 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Buelow says the Cedar River is closed to boats and water craft when it reaches 13 feet because of the danger created by the fast moving water and increased debris.

Barricades will be placed in front of the boat ramps while the river level is at or above the 13-foot mark.

In addition, Otis Road SE was closed at 10 p.m. Thursday night due to flooding.

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The City of Cedar Rapids has begun closing roads as they continue to prepare for the Cedar River to rise almost two feet above flood stage.

On Thursday morning, the city announced that Fish Court SW, along Old River Road SW, was being closed due to high river levels.

Craig Hanson, Public Works Maintenance Manager, told KWWL that he expects that a section of Otis Road SE will be closed sometime Thursday night.

Hanson says they have also deployed pumps on Ellis Road, west of Edgewood Road, and in the area of 8th Street NW and Ellis Lane.

Crews have installed plugs into storm sewers in the area as well.

The city will also begin sandbagging around the Cedar Rapids Softball Hall of Fame building at Ellis Park.

"We have more time to deploy the resources. We also have better preparations. This is what we are more designed to handle than an ice jam or with something like historic floods back in '08," Hanson said.

Richard Campbell has lived in his Cedar Rapids house in the area for 40 years.

Many times, his home has been threatened.

Twice- it took on water- including in 2008- when he was displaced for several months.

"It got flooded. I stripped it down to the bare studs, and rebuilt it."

Campbell says he isn't worried about this weekend's flooding.

Officials say they don't expect any major property damage with the weekend's pending river crest

The National Weather Service expects the Cedar River to crest at 13.9 feet in Cedar Rapids on Saturday afternoon.

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