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Cedar Rapids prepares for major flooding

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Cedar Rapids is bracing for what is predicted to come.

City officials held a press conference this afternoon as they prepare for major flooding in the coming days.

Officials say if the Cedar River reaches it's predicted 24.1 feet, it will impact homes and businesses in the city.

Some of the areas included are the downtown core and the Newbo area. 

Officials say they're taking every precaution to protect the city and they've unfortunately learned from the devastating experience of 2008.

"Obviously we are a community that is very cautious with these kind of events. It's absolutely critical for us that we act in a cautious manner and that's what we are doing today and over the coming days," says Jeff Pomerantz, Cedar Rapids City Manager

Residents can expect to see road closures as the city prepares for this major flooding potential.

According to city officials, road closures will happen before water actually hits the streets and there may be traffic lights that are off as well.

Information on closures will be able to be found on the city website.

The city of Cedar Rapids plans to hold a press conference every morning for updates, we are told people should be preparing now.

"I want every property owner whether it's a personal property or business or a non profit to please look at the map and look at the projection of 24.1 feet," says Mayor Corbett.

He went on to say that if you own a property within the blue area of the map you should begin flood mitigation efforts.

The maps can be found on the city website.

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