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Cedar Rapids prepares for rising Cedar River

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More rain across eastern Iowa is only aggravating flood concerns on several of eastern Iowa's streams and rivers.

Cedar Rapids Public Works crews have been preparing for flooding for the last few days, and several streets have been closed off due to flooding or flood protection.

"Well there's always worry," said Michael Kates, executive director of the African American Museum of Iowa. "We always want to make sure we're safeguarding the objects and the exhibits that we have in the museum."

The museum is not far from the rising Cedar River.

Kates says last week his staff came up with a disaster plan knowing the waters will rise quickly.

"So we have a plan and that's one of the biggest things we looked at after the floods of 2008," said Kates. "We implement that plan to make sure the objects, exhibits, and also the files of the museum are able to come out of the museum to a safer place."

City crews are also working quickly and around the clock, placing sandbags and concrete barrels, as secondary protection above ground.

"We've already installed the plugs and pipes below ground so that we're holding it off," said Cedar Rapids maintenance manager Craig Hanson.

Hanson says most of the areas of concern are along the river and not around residential zones, at least for right now.

"Anytime you're dealing with a natural disaster there's worry, but the biggest thing is preparing and making sure you're prepared. Anytime you're prepared, that worry kind of diminishes," said Kates.


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