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Cedar Rapids breathes sigh of relief with lower crest forecast

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - The bad news: the Cedar River in Cedar Rapids is close to "major" flood stage.

The good news: this crest is expected to be below 17 feet, and not close to 19 as originally forecast.

"It takes off a lot of the risk and the pressure on our systems," said Craig Hanson, Public Works Maintenance Manager.

This is the second week straight the public works department has set up for a major flood event.

In some areas the city actually dragged away these concrete barrels and sandbags last week only to put them back in place this week. And while that may seem like a waste of time, effort, and money -- the public works department says it was necessary.

"This is so that you don't have street flooding unnecessarily behind the protection in the higher areas," said Hanson.

With a lower crest, many businesses are relaxing.

"We dodged a bullet," said Lou Thompson, Owner of Village Meat Market in Cedar Rapids' Czech Neighborhood.

In Czech Village, some businesses are still recovering from the heavy rain this week.

"I had a concave of water, panicked, got people in and we got a sump pump on there and we sandbagged it but we were luckier than a lot of these folks here in Czech Village," said Thompson.

People are glad they won't be needing more sandbags. The rising river seems manageable -- at least for now.

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