CHARLES CITY, Iowa – A state of emergency has been declared in Floyd County.
The county’s emergency management agency says over 11 inches of rain has fallen through Thursday evening and the Cedar River is expected to crest at more than 11 feet over flood stage at 8 pm on Friday.
Sand bags are available in the Hy-Vee parking lot in Charles City until 10 pm Thursday. Distribution will resume at 7 am on Friday.
Police and fire personnel are conducting evacuations in flood prone areas and gas and electric service will be disconnected in those areas.
The Highway 18/Brantingham Bridge in Charles City will close to two lanes of traffic at midnight and might close entirely after that. The Salvation Army has set up temporary shelter at the old Middle School at 500 North Grand.
Travel is no recommended on ANY secondary roads in the county.
For more information, contact the Floyd County Emergency Operations Center at 641-257-6144.