CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The Latest on flooding along rain-swollen rivers in Iowa (all times local):
Nearby communities are donating several thousand filled sandbags to Cedar Rapids as the city prepares for flooding.
Waterloo and Cedar Falls endured the crest of the Cedar River Saturday evening.
So on Sunday those cities sent their extra sandbags about 55 miles (90 kilometers) downriver to Cedar Rapids.
Forecasters say flooding is expected to begin in Cedar Rapids Sunday night and reach its height by Tuesday.
Brady Coleman spent most of the days before his wedding filling sandbags, but the flooding didn’t derail Saturday’s ceremony in Shell Rock, Iowa.
Coleman and his bride, Abby Rundle, thought about moving the ceremony to another town because of the record flooding on the Shell Rock River in northeast Iowa.
But some of the main routes into that other town were blocked by flooding.
Rundle told the Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/2cDzNVr ) the couple took a chance and had the wedding in Shell Rock, as planned.
Most family members were able to attend even if they had to take detours to get there.
Residents in the northeast Iowa town of Palo are being urged not to use water on Sunday because of a sewer line break and flooding in the area.
About 80 homes were evacuated Saturday in Palo because of the rising Cedar River.
Officials said they were working to repair the sewer line quickly. In the meantime, they were providing bottled water to residents.
About 10 homes remain evacuated in the southern Minnesota town of St. Clair, but the flooded Le Sueur (leh soor) River is receding.
Assistant Blue Earth County Emergency Manager Eric Weller said Sunday, “We were very lucky overnight” that not much rain fell. But he says crews are still pumping at the wastewater treatment plant’s lift station, and residents of the town of 870 are still advised not to take showers or use toilets.
Weller says two bridges remain closed because of high water, but schools are expected to reopen Monday.
Meteorologist Bill Borghoff at the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, Minnesota, says the threat of major flooding is over for southern Minnesota.
The Cedar Rapids school district has cancelled classes for three days and closed its offices because of the flooding expected in Iowa’s second largest city.
The district said Sunday that no classes will be held through Wednesday.
The flooding along the Cedar River is expected to reach its peak on Tuesday, but it may take several days for the water to recede.
District officials will reevaluate the situation by Wednesday afternoon.
The National Weather Service has revised its forecast for the Cedar River near Iowa’s second-largest city of Cedar Rapids.
The river is expected to crest there on Tuesday morning at 23 feet. That level will cause significant flooding in Cedar Rapids, but it has been reduced since earlier forecasts for a crest above 25 feet.
But officials are preparing for the worst flooding since 2008.