Cedar River floods

Published 7:30 am Friday, September 24, 2010

The Cedar River in Austin crested this morning at 21.5 feet — well above the river’s flood stage level, according to the National Weather Service.

The major flood stage for the Cedar River is set at 22 feet. The record was set at 23.3 feet, according to the NWS.

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The Cedar River was under a warning Thursday afternoon, but was not expected at that point to reach the flood stage, which was set at 15 feet, according to the NWS. The river was expected to reach a high point of 14.7 feet by 7 a.m. Friday.

Flooding from the Cedar River has poured out onto North Main Street, shutting down the portion of the road between Mill Pond and Hormel South.

According to the NWS, the Cedar River’s water levels are expected to steadily decrease.