Cedar Rapids prepares for spring flooding as Prairie Creek overflows

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) — The City of Cedar Rapids has begun to take steps to prepare for moderate flooding as water levels begin to rise in surrounding rivers and creeks.

The Prairie Creek has already caused portions of roads to be closed around the Southwest side of town for standing water.

Those closures include:

  • 1st Street NW closed between Peen Street and E Avenue
  • J St SW at the intersection of Hawkeye Downs Rd SW
  • Hawkeye Downs Rd SW closed between 6th St SW and J St SW
  • Bowling St SW closed south of 33rd Ave at the Prairie Creek Bridge
  • Otis Road

The city also anticipates closing Old River Road SW and segments of 1st Street NW and Ellis Blvd between Ellis Lane and 18th Street, in the coming days.

City officials have begun taking precautionary steps by plugging storm sewer drains in low laying areas around the city in the Czech Village, Kingston Village Districts and Time Check neighborhood.

According to the city homes and businesses are not anticipated to be affected.


Ashley Neighbor

Ashley Neighbor

Reporter, Cedar Rapids
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