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Cedar River Exceeds Flood Stage At Cedar Rapids; Evacuations Underway

As of 7pm Sunday, the Cedar River at Cedar Rapids had reached 14 feet, considered a "moderate flood stage." It is expected to crest at 23 feet at about 7am Tuesday, and will be the city's second-highest river level and the highest since the historic 2008 flood. The Quaker Oats plant that towers over the east bank of the river was closed at 7pm Sunday. A spokesperson said only emergency staff would be in the building until further notice. The city's public schools will be closed through at...
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Julie Freed

As of 7pm Sunday, the Cedar River at Cedar Rapids had reached 14 feet, considered a "moderate flood stage." It is expected to crest at 23 feet at about 7am Tuesday, and will be the city's second-highest river level and the highest since the historic 2008 flood.

The Quaker Oats plant that towers over the east bank of the river was closed at 7pm Sunday.  A spokesperson said only emergency staff would be in the building until further notice.

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