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Cedar Rapids sees few flooded areas despite high river

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - The Cedar Rapids Public Works Department continued to increase flood protection in the city as the predicted crest kept rising -- and managers say those efforts are working.

When the Cedar River rises, Ellis Boulevard in Cedar Rapids can flood pretty quickly.

"Yesterday we parked in the parking area behind me, close to that white container building," said Robert Mitchell, who lives in Cedar Rapids. "Today, there's no possibility."

That area is one of just a few in the city seeing flooding.

Pumps are out and ready if water backs up elsewhere. Right now, the plugs the city installed seem to be working.

"The underground part of the defense, the primary defense, is holding so you don't see that much of the water on the surface right now," said Craig Hanson, Public Works Maintenance Manager.

Even though the river is clearly above the 12-foot flood stage, homes and businesses are not at risk.

Right now it's a lot of trails that are closed, but these are some of the areas that are expected to see events, like the Barbeque Roundup starting at the McGrath Amphitheater on Thursday.

"Thankfully, the crest is going to go down by Thursday, and so that will actually have a minimal impact and we look like we'll be able to hold that event with no problems," said Daniel Gibbins, Parks Superintendent.

Should the river cause unexpected problems, city crews say they will be ready to clean up.

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