Cedar River in Charles City Could Top Major Flood Stage, Sandbags Available

White sandbags for flood defense and it's reflection brown water.
Current and forecast stages for the Cedar River in Charles City
Current and forecast stages for the Cedar River in Charles City

Charles City, Iowa – Area rivers in Floyd County will be on the rise through Friday Morning, including the Cedar, Shell Rock, and Winnebago Rivers.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a general 3-4 inch rainfall is anticipated Wednesday evening across these river basins from Floyd County to the North.  Some areas could receive even more rainfall over the next 12-24 hours.

With this amount of rainfall, the NWS has projected that the Cedar River in Charles City will crest in the MAJOR flood stage at 20.7 feet sometime Friday afternoon.  Other Floyd County rivers will also likely flood.  It is difficult to determine how severe the flooding will be on the Shell Rock and Winnebago rivers with the lack of river gauges upstream.

Charles City Firefighters and Police Officers have been or will be going door to door on Wednesday to areas that will likely be affected by the flooding, to notify those residents and businesses of possible evacuations.

Sandbags will be available to Charles City residents and businesses ONLY, starting at 1:00PM in the HyVee parking lot on Thursday.  If you plan on picking up sandbags, be sure to bring with you people to help fill the sandbags at that location.  Also, residents will be required to dispose of their own sandbags properly after the event.

If you live in or around a flood prone area, be aware of the weather forecast and be prepared to seek higher ground if necessary.  Remember, do not drive through flooded roadways.  The leading killer during flood or flash flood events occurs to drivers who drive through flooded roadways.  Turn around, don’t drown!

Please refer to Floyd County’s website at floydcoia.org and the City of Charles City’s website at cityofcharlescity.org for more information.  Future press releases will be distributed to local media as the situation warrants.

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Chris was born and raised in Webster City, IA. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki and a daughter Brynlee.