Thou­sands in Iowa evac­u­ate homes ahead of flood­ing

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Sev­eral thou­sand res­i­dents of Cedar Rapids left their homes Sun­day as flood­wa­ters be­gan to spill out of the ris­ing Cedar River, and Iowa’s sec­ond­largest city worked to ap­ply the lessons of­fi­cials learned af­ter the record 2008 flood.

The river crested Satur­day night in Water­loo and Cedar Falls, which are about 55 miles up­stream from Cedar Rapids, which is Iowa’s sec­ond-largest city with about 130,000 peo­ple.

The wa­ter lev­els in Cedar Falls and Water­loo were slightly lower than had been ex­pected, but they still reached lev­els that were sec­ond only to those in 2008, when a ma­jor flood dev­as­tated the re­gion.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice pre­dicted that the river will crest at 23 feet in Cedar Rapids on Tues­day morn­ing.

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