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Palo evacuating and preparing for flooding

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PALO (KWWL) -

In Palo, the Cedar River is rising fast. 

Those keeping track say about an inch and a half, every half hour.

The impending flooding has caused city officials to put in place a mandatory evacuation for areas closest to the river. They include all properties south of Vinton Street and east of 1st Street.

People have also been sandbagging in hopes of protecting their homes.

They're also on edge. "I'm getting a little more nervous,  cause last night...24 hours ago you could not see the river and now  it's less than 10 acres away, it's nerve-wracking," said Linda Moser.

Alliant Energy  has also started the process of shutting power off in the mandatory evacuated areas.

Officials are asking those who are evacuating to leave a key to their home with city hall. They say the homes will need to be inspected before returning and this will speed up the process. 

Shelter options for those needing to evacuate are in nearby Cedar Rapids. They are Cedar Hills Community Church and St. Paul's Methodist Church.  

For more information, contact: 319-851-2731 or visit: http://cityofpalo.com

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