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Posted on: June 13, 2008

[ARCHIVED] Press Release - 06/13/2008, 8:45 a.m.

There are numerous health and safety concerns due to the high water levels of rivers and streams and people are urged to take standard precautions. There may be bacterial counts that are abnormally high. Everyone, including pets, must stay out of the water and off of the bike trails. Parents are urged to keep their children out of the water.

Tetanus shots will be available at North Cedar School from 10 am to Noon on Saturday, June 14.

The water level of the Cedar River is expected to stay level through the weekend and may start going down on Sunday.

The downtown is open to the public. It is premature to announce whether businesses that use high amounts of water, specifically restaurants and bars, will be able to open for business. Businesses should haul their debris that must be bagged to the alleys, and the City will arrange for pick up. Additional updates will be provided regarding whether restaurants and bars will be allowed to open for business later today.

The Cedar Falls Building Inspections Office will be taking phone calls on Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm and on Sunday from Noon to 3 pm at 268-5161 or 268-5156. An Inspection Official must authorize re-entry to homes affected by the floods. Residents must use extreme caution, as it may be unsafe to enter homes due to structural, electrical, gas and sanitation concerns.

Individual residents who suffered damage as a result of the flooding are urged to contact FEMA immediately for individual assistance at 1-800-621-3362.

Business owners may contact the state for assistance at the following phone numbers: 1-800-659-2955 and 916-216-9792.

Center Street is open only to residents, business owners and contractors.

Dunkerton Road is open and travelers are asked to obey all traffic controls.

Lone Tree Road from Center Street to Highway 218 is open.

All Cedar Falls residents are urged to continue water conservation efforts in order to prevent additional pressure upon the stressed collection system. Limited water usage means fewer showers, laundry, flushing toilets and any other water usage that goes down the drain.

Emergency Operations Center
319-243-2700

6/13/08 8:45

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