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More Rain Extends Flood Threat Along Cedar, Shell Rock Rivers

Photo By: Elwin Huffman
Photo By: Elwin Huffman
Flooding along the Cedar River in Waterloo and Cedar Falls will continue for the most of the week, as flood warnings have been extended by the National Weather Service (NWS).

Major flooding is occurring In Cedar Falls, where a flood warning is posted for the Cedar River from the West Fork of the Cedar to the Waterloo city border. At 9:45 a.m. today (Sunday, June 22, 2014), the flood stage was 94.8 feet or 6.8 feet above the 88-foot flood stage. The river is forecast to fall to 93.3 feet on Monday.

NWS officials have extended the flooding they posted last week until further notice. Major flooding along the Cedar River is expected to continue for several more days.

Minor flooding is occurring downstream at Waterloo, where the NWS has extended the flood warning through Friday evening. At 10 a.m. today, the river stage was 18.2 feet or 5.2 feet above the 13-foot flood stage. The flood warning runs from the Cedar Falls city border to Spring Creek near La Porte City.

South of Waterloo, people are also preparing for minor flooding along the Cedar River. The NWS has posted a flood warning for the Cedar River at Vinton in Benton County through Wednesday morning.

Sunday morning, the river level at Vinton was 14.8 feet and rising. No flooding is occurring now, but minor flooding is forecast. The water is expected to go above the 15-foot flood stage today and rise to 17.2 feet on Monday, before cresting.

The Shell Rock River in Bremer and Black Hawk counties is also on the rise. A flood warning is for the river at Shell Rock, extending from Flood Creek near Clarksville to the Cedar River. The flood warning is continues through early Wednesday morning.

At 9:45 a.m. today, NWS officials reported the Shell Rock River level at Shell Rock at 13.2 feet or 0.3 feet below the 13.5-foot flood stage. No flooding is currently occurring; minor flooding is expected. The river is expected to rise to flood stage Tuesday evening, then quickly fall.

More rain could alter the flooding situation along the Cedar River and its tributaries. Late morning and early afternoon thunderstorms moved across the region today and another change of rain is possible this evening and overnight. Forecasters say the threat for severe weather is low, but more heavy rain is possible.

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