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Charles City braces for flooding

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CHARLES CITY (KWWL) -

The Cedar River is expected to hit near-record levels in Charles City Thursday night and Friday morning, and people are bracing for the worst.

Even though the Cedar River banks are swollen throughout Floyd County, all the action is happening at the Hy-Vee where people are working to fill sandbags to keep their homes and businesses dry.

According to the Charles City Fire Chief, more than 100 homes are experiencing sewer back-up problems with widespread concerns mostly reported in the northern part of town.

The Main Street Bridge will likely remain open, but city workers could close the Brantingham Bridge if flooding gets worse.

Fire Chief Eric Whipple says a shelter has not been set up, but the department will notify people through Alert Iowa or going door-to-door if there are any changes.

"Right now we're just basically praying. We're hoping and praying we don't get any more rain. We know it's probably going to come, but we're making sure our fire station is evacuated," Chief Whipple said.

If you would like to help, city workers say you can bring your shovel to help fill sandbags.

If you have any damage to your home or business, city workers recommend reporting it to City Hall at 641-257-6300.

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