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Flood 2016: Cedar Rapids homeowners can return Friday

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

"Cedar Rapids is back in business."

Those words from Mayor Ron Corbett this morning as the city plans to welcome back homeowners and businesses.

About 6,000 were asked to leave by Sunday night before the Cedar River crested.

This morning, the city said it will open the evacuation zone tomorrow at noon so people can start moving back.

It will reopen to the public on Saturday morning.

The city also wants to remind people it will take time to tear down the wall that was built to protect homes and businesses.

The American Red Cross says as of early this morning, 129 people were staying in their emergency shelters.

Red Cross response vehicles delivered meals, water and cleanup kits to several counties yesterday. (Linn, Black Hawk, Jones, Butler, Benton, Chickasaw, Cerro Gordo and Floyd)

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are allowing some residents to return to their homes and other properties in Cedar Rapids' flood evacuation zone.

Utility crews worked Wednesday to restore service to some areas near the rain-swollen Cedar River, which rose to its second-highest crest on record a day earlier.

Parts of downtown and the western side of the city were reopened after the Iowa National Guard moved barricades, shrinking the evacuation zone. That gave residents and business owners access to 2,500 properties, though some areas remain closed.

Cedar Rapids police Sgt. Steve Keiller said Thursday there had been no breaches overnight in the city's temporary flood protection system.

National Weather Service data show that the Cedar River has dropped near 3 feet since cresting Tuesday. It's expected to return below flood stage on Sunday.

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