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About half of flood zone residents evacuated

About half of flood zone residents evacuated

Residents living in about 5,000 downtown homes near the river were asked to leave.

Officials say it could be days before people can return home. Authorities in several Iowa cities were mobilizing resources Friday to handle flooding from a rain-swollen river that has forced evacuations in several communities upstream.

"All this work is coming together". "That could not have happened without tremendous preparation by our city, our county government, our private sector and most importantly our citizens". "Last time, we had eight or 10 hours to get out", said Hutchins, 53, who planned to go stay with her mother. "It was citywide, really". Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds said the damage they viewed during Saturday's tour of Clarksville, Shell Rock and Cedar Rapids "was severe".

The volunteers are also asking for materials to help with cleaning and recovery after the flood.

The proclamation also enacts a grant program for homeowners meeting poverty guidelines to apply for up to $5,000 in financial aid to fix damage to a home or auto or to replace food or clothing lost in the flood.

About 80 homes were evacuated Saturday in Palo because of the rising Cedar River. The American Red Cross has opened two shelters, and a local official said more emergency workers are flying in to help. The water system remained operational, however.

Portable dams, barriers and pumps were being deployed around Cedar Rapids, where the expected Monday river crest was increased from earlier estimates to 25.3 feet (7.7 meters), still below the June 2008 crest of 31 feet (9.45 meters).

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In Waverly, the Cedar River was at 12.79 feet late Sunday morning, which was just above flood stage of 12 feet. 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.

"I am so proud of the towns we have here", said Black Hawk County Emergency Management Coordinator Lorie Glover. "There's not much you can do other than block some of the water so the water doesn't come in so fast". "They did a phenomenal job".

West of the Quad Cities, where flood waters are taking over some communities, a man got into the river to save a deer.

The evacuation is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended, English said.

"We really need you to evacuate later today".

But officials are preparing for the worst flooding since 2008. In the meantime, they were providing bottled water to residents.


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