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Cedar Rapids officials, residents brace for flooding

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Barry Wilson loves his boat house. But he's seen Ellis Harbor flood, and knows it happens fast.

"It was halfway up the bank, and thank God I left when I did," said Wilson, who lives in Cedar Rapids.

With the river expected to go above flood level in few days, he's securing his belongings and building a ramp so he'll be able to get out in a hurry.

Downstream, some Cedar Rapids residents aren't worried about the current predictions, but do fear what more rain could mean for the Cedar River.

"The weather changes fast, and it's usually a big change when it changes, so I guess you could say we're always concerned," said Lowell Waybill.

Right now, the Public Works Department is getting all the equipment it's going to need in place. They've got cones out and hoses so that when the river rises and they need to close down streets and pump water, they're ready to do it.

Since high river levels last year, the city's made some changes in flood-prone areas.

Upstream, Wilson hopes the river doesn't get too high. But if it does, he'll be ready.

"You can't control Mother Nature," said Wilson.

He'll take his dog and get out as quickly as he can.

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