Talk turns to cleanup as Iowa rivers reach crest

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Cities along major rivers in Iowa remain in a holding pattern as flooding reaches a high point and water begins to recede in the coming days.

At Iowa City the Iowa River is expected to reach just above 25 feet Wednesday and remain there through the middle of next week before falling. Talk in Iowa City is beginning to turn toward cleanup after the river falls below moderate flood stage.

National Weather Service Meteorologist David Cousins says the Mississippi River is behaving as expected. He says peak levels will be reached within the next couple of days before the water begins to fall this weekend.

The river should reach its crest at 20.3 feet in Burlington on Thursday then begin to fall. Flood stage is 15 feet.

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