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Cedar Rapids Fire Department to close boat ramps

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- On Tuesday at 4 p.m., the Cedar Rapids Fire Department is closing boat ramps with barricades.

The ramps will be closed until the Cedar River falls below 13 feet, which is currently forecasted to happen by Sunday, June 28.

The department discourages boats and other watercraft when the river level is at 13 feet or higher. Officials say there's a greater risk for boating accidents with quick-moving water, strong currents and rapidly-moving debris.

The boat ramp closure period may be modified if the National Weather Service changes its river level predictions.

The city's Public Works Department is also taking measures to address flood stage river levels. Some roads are closed. Officials ask drivers to turn around if they see water.

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