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Get the Latest Road Closures / Event Cancellations and More Info From Last Night’s Storms

Eastern Iowa Storm Damage
Gregg Scharnau

Last night’s storms have wreaked havoc across the area. There’s plenty of concerns and closures across the area as clean-up continues.  However, we’re not in the clear yet, as storm concerns have been upgraded early this afternoon.  See what closed, and get the latest updates.

The Cedar Rapids Police and Fire Departments responded to over 300 calls for service during the flash flooding incident last night, with the first calls coming in around 11:25p.

According to the city, calls ranged from motorists trapped in their vehicles, downed power lines, basement flooding, arcing/shorted electrical equipment, and disabled unoccupied vehicles that had floated down the street or into yards.  Over 20 water rescues were performed across the city. Several homes have had significant water damage and emergency crews have responded to at least three homes with possible structural damage, including foundation issues.  Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

See Photos and Videos from Area Flash Floods

In addition, several roadways were washed away or severely damaged and are closed with barricades until repairs can be made.  Concerns include mud/debris blockage to pavement failure concerns.  All roads remain closed until further notice.  Here’s some of the most recent updates: 

  • Highway 151 at Fairfax
  • Highway 1, just north of Mt. Vernon.
  • Fox Meadow Drive SE from East Post Rd SE to Sunland Drive SE
  • Meadowbrook Drive SE from Forest Drive SE to Washington Ave SE
  • J St SW at Prairie Creek
  • Ellis Road between Edgewood Road NW and F Ave NW
  • A Ave NE between 15th Street NE and 16th Street NE
Other closures/cancellations include:
  • Old MacDonald’s Farm (Should re-open July 1st)
  • The Bever Park Zoo (Should re-open July 1st)
  • 4H Horse and Pony Games at Linn Co. Fair (tentatively rescheduled for Thursday)
  • Harness Racing at 6pm tonight at Linn Co Fair

Please let us know below of any other closures/cancellations you may be aware of.

Citizens with vehicles that have stalled or are disabled due to flood waters are asked to contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5491 to advise if towing arrangements have been made.

Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative reminds everyone to stay clear of any damaged electrical equipment, and contact them immediately at 377-1587 or 1-800-332-5420 if you see any downed power lines, poles or green transformer boxes off their base.

More Weather and Rising River Concerns Forecasted

As more severe storms are possible this afternoon and the risk of additional flash flooding is probable, the Cedar Rapids Police Department and Cedar Rapids Fire Department are reminding citizens of some important flash flooding tips:

  • Be aware that flash flooding is very dangerous and can move quickly. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
  • Be aware of streams, creeks, and other areas known to flood suddenly.  Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain.
  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  • Turn around, don’t drown.  Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly. In fact, two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups.

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