City of Waverly, IA

06/22/2024 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/22/2024 16:40

Flooding Predicted for Southeast Waverly

posted in Public Workson June 22, 2024

The National Weather Service is predicting significant flooding in the Cedar River watershed from Charles City through Janesville. This prediction is based off current rain and projected rainfall through Saturday, June 22nd. Based on the National Weather Service's river level predictions for Charles City and Janesville, city officials for Waverly are predicting that the Cedar River in Waverly will continue to rise through this weekend.

The Cedar River in Waverly is expected to crest around noon on Monday. Given the current information, we expect the river to crest at around 14 feet. With this crest, we expect the following impacts as the water rises:

10-11 ft - Utilities assess when power will need to be shut off to impacted areas (primarily SE)

11.5 ft - Water overtops 7th Ave SE - road will be closed.

12.0 ft - Official minor flood stage for Waverly. Water crosses 4th Street SE from the east rendering access to the area around Southeast school difficult or impossible.

13.0 ft - 7th Ave SE, 4th St SE, and 8th St SE will now be closed.

13.5 ft - Cedar Lane will be closed at 2 locations (north and south of Murphy Addition's entrances).

To reference past floods in Waverly with the inflatable dam.

2016 - Charles City 21.0 ft, Waverly 13.2 ft, Janesville 16.4 ft

2013 - Charles City 19.49 ft, Waverly 13.13 ft, Janesville 14.62 ft

Actions for residents in impacted areas:

  • Be flood aware and continue to monitor news outlets. Updates will be sent to area media, texted through Alert Iowa, posted on the City's website and Facebook page.
  • Be prepared for power disruptions.
  • Place your unanchored belongings out of high risk areas until river levels recede.
  • Sandbag sewer drains to help prevent sewer backup.
  • Be prepared to evacuate if needed.

Sandbagging stations have been set up at the following locations:

City of Waverly Parks Division, 412 1st Avenue SE (behind the east Kwik Star)
Waverly Public Services, 2900 5th Ave NW.
Southeast Elementary School, 809 4th Street SE

These predictions are subject to change with forecast updates from NOAA and additional rainfall in these areas and areas north.