Anxious Cedar Rapids takes steps to fight flood

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett says the city is doing everything “humanly possible” to protect itself from the ongoing flooding of the Cedar River.

City officials said at a news conference Friday that they have erected temporary flood barriers, filled thousands of sandbags to protect homes and businesses, and voluntarily evacuated 10 homes in one particularly low-lying neighborhood. They’re also deploying a system of pumps and plugs to manage water levels along the river, which caused a historic flood in 2008.

City officials say more steps could be necessary depending on how much rainfall comes Friday. The river is projected to crest Saturday at 19.8 feet.

Some parks are also closed due to flooding. The fire department is moving out of a temporary firehouse used by one of its engines.

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