Update: The National Weather Service has lowered the predicted crest of the Cedar River in Charles City. The crest is now predicted to top out near 23.2′. More heavy rainfall is possible tonight with another 1 to 2 inches possible.
Charles City, Iowa – The forecasted crest on the Cedar River in Charles City is now at 24.2 feet, about a foot shy of the record crest of 25.3 feet in 2008. This will likely be a major flood event for many parts of Floyd County.
Charles City Fire Chief Eric Whipple said that sandbagging efforts are ongoing, and sandbags are available to city and county residents and businesses at this time from the HyVee parking lot. Please bring your own shovels and helpers to fill the sandbags. There is a limit of 100 bags per entity.
Travel is not advised across all of Floyd County. Only travel if you are evacuating due to flood waters.
At this time, there are no mandatory evacuations in place. Please be weather aware, and seek higher ground if it becomes necessary.
There are 100-200 homes especially on the north side of Charles City that are having sewer backups. Please do not use the sanitary sewer or water if not necessary. Limit your use of water and sewer until further notice.
If you have sustained damage to your home or property due to water, wind, or hail, please call Charles City City Hall at 641-257-6300. This is for city or county residents.
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.