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Cedar Rapids, IA Community Comes Together in Preparation for Dangerous Floodwaters

25 Sep 2016, 4:55 pm

The Paramount Theater, a historic theater located in downtown Cedar Rapids, IA asked for help Saturday afternoon in preparation for what may be another devastating flood event.

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The theater suffered major damaged in 2008’s flood event as about nine feet of floodwater took over the main floor. The Cedar River crested at nearly 32 feet in Cedar Rapids causing more than $2 billion damage throughout the city. They are not taking their chances in having their renovations ruined.

The Paramount Theater’s  prayers were answered as hundreds of volunteers arrived Sunday morning to move what they could to salvage the theater in case this occurred again.

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Photos by: Alexis Dagit/Facebook

The Cedar River which runs through downtown Cedar Rapids, IA is forecast to crest at 23 feet by Tuesday morning after a week of heavy rain across the Upper Midwest. Flood stage is 12 feet. Evacuations are recommended for over 5,000 people and a curfew will be enforced Sunday night at 8 P.M. through 7 A.M on Monday morning.

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