Iowa city braces for devastating flood

2016-09-27 20:26
Sandbags are piled in front of the  window of a local business  in Cedar Rapids. (Charlie Neibergall, AP)

Sandbags are piled in front of the window of a local business in Cedar Rapids. (Charlie Neibergall, AP)

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Cedar Rapids - Residents of Cedar Rapids are watching anxiously as the quickly rising Cedar River threatens to inundate their city with devastating floodwaters for the second time in just over eight years.

After days of sandbagging and erecting an extensive system of flood barriers, residents and officials in Iowa's second-largest city were simply waiting to see how high the Cedar River would rise and what impact the flood would have.

Entire neighbourhoods and the downtown area were largely abandoned as residents in low-lying areas heeded the city's call to evacuate. Schools were cancelled and many businesses were closed.

The river was expected to crest on Tuesday at just over 7m, the second-largest flood in the city's history, behind only that of June 2008. The river level has risen to nearly 6.7m by dawn on Tuesday, or 1.8m above major flood stage.

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