Dry weekend eases Iowa flooding but threat remains

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The drier weekend weather has helped ease flooding in Iowa, but rivers remain high in parts of the state and rain is in this week’s forecast.

The greatest flood concerns Sunday were in eastern and southeastern Iowa because the rivers near Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Burlington all continue to flood.

But those cities’ flood defenses appear to be holding back the water, and the Cedar River crested early Sunday near Cedar Rapids at 18.23 feet and started to drop.

Officials will be watching Iowa City closely early this week because more water still must be released from a dam upstream.

National Weather Service meteorologist David Cousins says rain is predicted to arrive on Tuesday or Wednesday, and that could renew the flooding problems if significant rain falls on Iowa.

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