Floyd County rivers rising


FLOYD COUNTY, Iowa – Emergency management authorities are warning that area rivers, including the Cedar, Shell Rock and Winnebago, will be on the rise through Friday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, 3-4 inches of rain is expected Wednesday night across those river basins from Floyd County and to the north. Some areas could receive even more rain over the next 12-24 hours.

With this amount of rain, the National Weather Service has projected the Cedar River will crest in the major flood stage at 20.7 feet by Friday afternoon. It is likely that other rivers will flood as well.

According to a news release from the Charles City Fire Department, firefighters and police will be going door to door on Wednesday to areas that will likely be affected to notify residents of possible evacuations.

Sandbags will be available to Charles City residents and businesses starting at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Hy-Vee parking lot. If you plan to pick them up, you are asked to bring people with to help fill them. Residents will also be required to dispose of the sandbags properly after the event.

Remember to seek higher ground if you are in a flood prone area and do not drive through flooded roads.

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