Thursday Night Levels for Cedar/Shell Rock Rivers, & More
The area water levels continue to rise. The region is preparing for major flooding. Here are the latest levels according to the National Weather Service.
The cities of Waterloo will begin closing some of the bridges in downtown Waterloo. Cedar Falls as already cancelled classes for Friday. Read more Waterloo and Cedar Falls are preparing for major flooding (web).
SHELL ROCK RIVER:
In Shell Rock, the Shell Rock River was measured at 15.87 feet at 6:45 PM or 2.37 feet over flood stage (13.5 feet). The projected crest is currently 18.1 feet on Friday (Sept. 23, 2016) around 1:00 PM.
WEST FORK OF THE CEDAR RIVER:
In Finchford, the river stage was at 11.84 feet or 5.16 below flood stage (17.0 feet). AT this time, the NWS in Des Moines forecasts the crest to stay below flood stage at 15.2 feet.
In Charles City, the most recent reading saw the Cedar River at 16.65 feet at 6:30 PM or 4.65 feet over flood stage (12 feet). The projected crest is currently 23.2 feet on Friday around 1:00 PM.
In Waverly, the Cedar River was risen 5.47 feet since 3:00 AM Thursday (Sept. 22, 2016) morning. At 6:45 PM, the stage was at 10.77 feet or 1.23 feet below flood stage (12 feet). There was no forecast available.
In Janesville, the river stage was at 9.1 feet at 6:45 PM or 3.9 feet below flood stage (13.0 feet). The forecast calls for a crest of 17.3 feet on Saturday (Sept. 24, 2016) at 7:00 AM.
In Cedar Falls, the river stage was at 87.88 at 6:45 PM or 0.12 below flood stage (88.0 feet). The projected crest is 97.5 feet on Saturday at 1:00 PM. That would be the second highest crest ever record. The highest was 102.10 feet on June 10, 2008. The third highest was 96.20 feet on July 23, 1999.
In Waterloo, the river stage was measured at 10.07 feet at 7:00 PM or 2.93 feet below flood stage (13.0 feet). A 22.0 feet crested is forecast to hit on Saturday at 7:00 PM. This would the second highest crest record. The highest came on June 11, 2008 reading 27.01 feet. 21.86 feet was the third highest recorded on March 29, 1961.
In Vinton, the level has remained steady sitting at 11.02 feet or 3.98 feet below flood stage (15.0 feet). The level is expected to start rising late Friday with a crest of 22.1 feet Sunday (Sept. 25, 2016) at 7:00 PM.
In New Hartford, the level was at 7.45 feet or 5.05 below flood stage (12.5 feet). The forecast calls for a crest of 13.2 feet on Friday at 7:00 PM.
BLACK HAWK CREEK:
In Hudson, Black Hawk Crest was measured at 9.55 feet or 4.45 below flood stage (14.0 feet). The current crest prediction is for 14.4 feet on Friday at 1:00 AM.