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Cedar River at Cedar Falls, IA (CEDI4)


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Inundation Levels
NAVD88 Stage

867.5* 104.5*
867.0* 104.0*
866.0* 103.0*
Record Crest: 102.1 ft
865.0* 102.0*
864.0* 101.0*
863.5* 100.5*
863.0* 100.0*
862.5* 99.5*
862.0* 99.0*
861.5* 98.5*
861.0* 98.0*
860.5* 97.5*
860.0* 97.0*
859.5* 96.5*
859.0* 96.0*
858.5* 95.5*
858.0* 95.0*
857.5* 94.5*
857.0 94.0
856.5 93.5
856.0 93.0

Major Flooding Begins

855.5 92.5
855.0 92.0
854.5 91.5
854.0 91.0
853.5 90.5
853.0 90.0

Moderate Flooding Begins

852.5 89.5
852.0 89.0
851.0 88.0

Minor Flooding Begins

850.0 87.0
849.0 86.0
848.0 85.0
* = Extended rating
Weather Forecast Office Des Moines, IA North Central River Forecast Center

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80.0 ft at 10/21/2014 02:45:00 UTC
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage:93
Moderate Flood Stage:90
Flood Stage:88
Action Stage:85

Historical Crests
(1) 102.10 ft on 06/10/2008
(2) 96.20 ft on 07/23/1999
(3) 96.10 ft on 03/21/1961
(4) 95.80 ft on 04/02/1993
(5) 94.99 ft on 05/25/2004
(6) 94.70 ft on 04/08/1965
(7) 94.20 ft on 07/30/1990
(8) 94.20 ft on 05/21/1991
(9) 93.99 ft on 04/14/2001
(10) 93.94 ft on 04/26/2008 (P)
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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Graphical representation of flood inundation for NWS flood categories are based on steady state hydraulic modeling of water surface elevations for incremented discharges. Map shows approximate inundation areas for given water surface elevations and should not be used for navigation or permitting or other legal purposes, but strictly as a planning reference tool.

Site-specific information:
(1) These maps depict the impacts of the Cedar River backwater on smaller local tributary streams. The maps do not make any assumptions on the flow conditions on the local tributaries. Mapping on smaller local tributary streams may not represent actual conditions during periods of high flows on the smaller local tributary streams.

(2) This map shows flooding that is representative of 2013 conditions. The accuracy of the mapping will be reduced if flood protection systems are developed or enhanced in post 2013 conditions.

(3) The AHPS mapping shows that the levee protecting downtown Cedar Falls is overtopped at a stage of 102. Cedar Falls was not flooded in the 2008 flood when the river crested at 102.1 ft. This is because the levee was sandbagged to prevent overtopping. The model used to develop the AHPS mapping assumes that no sandbagging is in place.

(4) The AHPS flood inundation maps, when compared to the regulatory FEMA DFIRM mapping, will depict different flooding scenarios. The differences occur because AHPS and FEMA maps have been designed for different purposes and developed based on different assumptions.

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101.4 The 18th Street and Main Street intersection is closed.
100.8 The US 218 northbound lanes are closed.
100.7 Center Street is closed south of Janesville.
98.9 The westbound lane of Iowa 57 is closed east of the Cedar River bridge.
98 Water covers Dunkerton Road between Center Street and Big Woods Road.
97.9 Water covers the westbound lanes of Iowa 57 east of the Cedar River bridge.
97.8 Water covers the 200 block of East Lone Tree Road.
96 Water covers the 1500 to 1700 blocks of Center Street between the Brown Bottle and Cottage Row Road.
95.9 Water covers Lone Tree Road. The 200 and 300 blocks of Lone Tree Road are surrounded. Water covers the 2000 block of Lincoln Street east of 1821 Lincoln Street. Waterloo Road is closed at Cedar Falls Utilities. Water floods trailers at 1002 Clair Street. Water covers the south end of Timothy Street.
95.4 Water covers Waterloo Road at Utility Parkway.
94.9 Water covers Fitkin Road.
93.8 Water affects Cedar City. Water covers the road at 216 East Lake Street. Water is on the north edge of the road at 2125 Lone Tree Road.
93.6 Water covers McKinley Street between Lincoln Street and Grant Street. Water covers Logan Street between North Main Street and 4th Avenue.
93.3 Water covers Cottage Row Road south of Center Street. Water also crosses Big Woods Road at Lark Lane.
93.2 Water covers the 900 block of Lincoln Street just east of Roosevelt.
92.8 Water covers Grant Street at Horty Street. Water covers Lincoln Street west of Independence Avenue. Water covers Independence Avenue. Tourist Park floods.
92.7 Water covers Big Woods Road north of Dunkerton Road. Water covers Ford Road south of Fitkin Road.
92.2 Water is in southeast corner of Gateway Park.
91.2 Water covers portions of Lake Street.
91 Water covers Big Woods Road south of Dunkerton Road. Water also covers the north parking lot of Island Park.
90.3 Water covers Riverside Drive south of Beech Street.
90 Water covers the north half of Tourist Park.
89.7 Water covers the road at 1712 and 1118 Cottage Row Road.
89 Water is at the edge of 1712 Cottage Row Road. The northeast corner of Tourist Park floods.
88.8 Water covers the north and south legs of Cottage Row Road south of Snag Creek.
88.5 Water covers the bike path at George Wyth Park.
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Graphical representation of flood inundation for NWS flood categories are based on steady state hydraulic modeling of water surface elevations for incremented discharges. Map shows approximate inundation areas for given water surface elevations and should not be used for navigation or permitting or other legal purposes, but strictly as a planning reference tool.