Residents are leaving low-lying areas of Iowa’s second-largest city, Cedar Rapids, that are in danger of flooding from the rising Cedar River.
The river crested Saturday night in Waterloo and Cedar Falls, about 55 miles upstream from Cedar Rapids.
Water levels in those two cities were slightly lower than had been expected, but they still reached levels that were second only to the 2008 flood that devastated the region.
Cedar Rapids City Manager Jeff Pomeranz says the city has been preparing to deal with a major flood since the 2008 flood, and that these preparations should help.
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Officials asked those in downtown areas of the city near the river to leave by 8 p.m. Sunday.
The Cedar Rapids school district has cancelled classes through Wednesday and closed its offices because of the expected flooding.
Pomeranz says 1300 houses and 385 commercial buildings will be impacted by the flood.
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The National Weather Service predicts the river will reach a crest of 23.5 feet in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday morning.
They expect it could be a week before people will be able to return home.
Governor Terry Branstad has deployed the National Guard to respond to flooding in 13 Iowa counties:
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Branstad has also signed a proclamation declaring a “disaster emergency” in 13 counties affected by flooding.
They include Black Hawk, Butler, Cedar, Linn and Wright.
Iowa National Guard Adjutant General Timothy Orr says there were lessons learned during the significant flooding of 2008.
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Orr has deployed teams of soldiers to emergency management offices in 11 counties.
Photo of June 2008 Cedar Rapids Flood, Radio Iowa contributed to this story