Iowa is getting the chance to dry out following a prolonged period of rain the past three days. However, river levels remain high across the state and wide-spead flooding continues throughout the Cedar Valley and other surrounding areas.

Flood warnings remain in effect for the Cedar River in Black Hawk County. Moderate flooding is forecast at Cedar Falls, where the river is expected to rise to 3.6 feet above the 88-foot river level at midday Thursday (Dec. 17, 2015). Minor flooding is expected downstream between Waterloo and La Porte City, where the water level is predicted to crest about a foot above its 13-foot flood stage, also at midday Thursday.

Black Hawk Creek is also running high between the Black Hawk-Grundy County line to the Cedar River in Waterloo, where moderate flooding has forced the closure of several city streets. The creek is expected to crest about three feet above its 14-foot flood level at midday today.

Flood warnings are also posted for Clayton and Marshall counties, where minor flooding is occurring. In Clayton County, the Turkey River at Garber crested about two feet above flood stage early this morning and should fall below the 17-foot level later today. In Marshall County, the Iowa River at Marshalltown is expected to crest about 1.5 feet above its 19-foot flood stage this afternoon.

High water is inundating low-lying areas and causing wide-spread basement flooding throughout Marshall, Grundy and Hardin counties. At 3:30 a.m. today, local law enforcement reported the closure of several roads across the area, including two well-traveled routes in Marshall County -- Iowa Highway 14 between U-S Highway 30 and Iowa Highway 330 near Marshalltown and Iowa Highway 330 between County Roads E-29 and S-75 near Albion.

The water levels are all forecast to fall rapidly once they reach their crest. Specific details on the flood warnings issued by the National Weather Service are posted below.


The Flood Warning continues for
The Cedar River at Cedar Falls...or From the West Fork Cedar
River...to the Cedar Falls-Waterloo city limits.
* Until Saturday afternoon.
* At 5:45 AM Tuesday the stage was 86.6 feet...or 1.4 feet below
Flood Stage.
* Flood Stage is 88.0 feet.
* No flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...rise to Flood Stage this evening. Continue rising to
91.6 feet...or 3.6 feet above Flood Stage...midday Thursday. Then
begin falling and go below Flood Stage Saturday afternoon.
* Impact...At 91.2 feet...Water covers portions of Lake Street.


The Flood Warning continues for
The Cedar River at Waterloo...or From the Waterloo-Cedar Falls city
limits...to Spring Creek near La Porte City.
* Until Friday morning.
* At 5:00 AM Tuesday the stage was 10.6 feet...or 2.4 feet below
Flood Stage.
* Flood Stage is 13.0 feet.
* No flooding is occurring and Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...rise to Flood Stage Wednesday afternoon. Continue rising
to 14.1 feet...or 1.1 feet above Flood Stage...midday Thursday.
Then begin falling and go below Flood Stage Friday morning.
* Impact...At 13.0 feet...Many storm sewers are closed along Black
Hawk Creek and the Cedar River. The Fletcher Avenue levee gates
are closed.


The Flood Warning continues for
The Black Hawk Creek at Hudson...or From the Black Hawk-Grundy
County line...to the Cedar River in Waterloo.
* Until Thursday evening.
* At 5:45 AM Tuesday the stage was 16.8 feet...or 2.8 feet above
Flood Stage.
* Flood Stage is 14.0 feet.
* Moderate flooding is occurring and is forecast to continue.
* Forecast...rise to 17.1 feet...or 3.1 feet above Flood Stage...
midday today. Then begin falling and go below Flood Stage Thursday
evening.
* Impact...At 15.5 feet...Ranchero Road in Waterloo is under water.


The Flood Warning continues for
The Turkey River At Garber.
* until Wednesday morning...Or until the warning is cancelled.
* At 4:15 AM Tuesday the stage was 19.2 feet.
* Flood stage is 17.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...The river will continue to fall...Dropping below flood
stage by today.
* Impact...At 19.0 feet...County Road X3C at the south end of Garber
becomes inundated.


The Flood Warning continues for
The Iowa River at Marshalltown...or From Minerva Creek near
Albion...to Timber Creek near Le Grand.
* Until late Wednesday evening.
* At 5:00 AM Tuesday the stage was 20.3 feet...or 1.3 feet above
Flood Stage.
* Flood Stage is 19.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and is forecast to continue.
* Forecast...rise to 20.5 feet...or 1.5 feet above Flood Stage...
midday today. Then begin falling and go below Flood Stage late
Wednesday evening.
* Impact...At 20.5 feet...In Albion...parts of Marsh Avenue...
Stanley Mill Road and 160th Street flood. Iowa 330 is threatened
near the Linn Creek overpass which is located west of Marshalltown
about 2 miles northeast of the US 30 junction.