Thousands told to evacuate homes from flooding in eastern Iowa
Thousands of people are told to flee their homes in advance of potentially devastating floodwaters in eastern Iowa.
People are filling sandbags around Cedar Rapids, to protect what they can as the rain-swollen cedar river prepares to crest at 23 feet Tuesday- about eight feet above flood stage.
City leaders are telling people in low-lying areas to leave by tonight, with word they may not be able to return home for days.
It will be the worst flooding since 2008- when floodwaters devastated the region.
This time there's more notice of what's coming, with leaders warning people to get out of the water's way.
And neighbors are helping neighbors save whatever they can.
"Yesterday we took care of our possessions and our pets,” said Ron Corbett, mayor of Cedar Rapids. “Today it's time to take care of ourselves. And we ask everyone to cooperate and make the decision to evacuate."