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Cedar Rapids plans for evacuation

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The City's Incident Command team will officially activate at the Central Fire Station at 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning. 

This team of employees from departments throughout the City will be on hands 24 hours a day to respond as needed. Planning functions have been ongoing and will continue through today until activation. 

Officials are asking for people and businesses in affected aress to evacuate by 8:00 p.m. on Sunday evening. Evacuation plans are drawn for a 28 feet inundation area. Detailed maps of the area, as well as address lists are available on the City website: www.cedar-rapids.org.

If your home or business is on the list, the city asks that you secure your possessions and leave your property by that time. 

Along with evacuations, we will also be enacting and enforcing a curfew neighborhood from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

The police department will be patrolling the neighborhoods. 

The Iowa National Guard has been requested and will be in place around the evacuation area.

Some businesses in the downtown area will not be able to get employees to their buildings because of road closings. They will need to close those locations starting Monday until the roads are open again.

After flood waters recede, the area will be searched for hazards and cleared as needed. Then initial inspections would occur and teams will work to determine when residents can turn to their properties. People should plan to be out of their homes and businesses for up to 7 days. After that, they will likely have access, but may not be able to move back in depending on conditions. 

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