UPDATE: Flooded roads re-open

UPDATE: Thursday morning

The city of Waverly cleaned up 4th Street S.E., 7th Street S.E., Crestwoood Drive and 8th Street S.E., which were formerly closed due to flooding, around 5:45 a.m. today.

The Green Bridge (3rd Street S.E.) is still closed until a full inspection can take place.

Southeast Elementary is in session today.

UPDATE: Wednesday

Minor flooding occurred in southeast Waverly around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Southeast Elementary was closed due to impassable roads in the area.

A River Flood Warning is still in effect until 6:30 a.m. Friday.

City officials said water levels are receding and they continue to hold meetings to discuss further action.

UPDATE: Tuesday, Noon

The city of Waverly announced the Cedar River is expected to crest at 9 p.m. Tuesday.]

The release stated widespread flooding is not expected but southeast Waverly and low lying areas along the river may experience flooding.’

Code Red issued

The Code Red emergency notification system was used on Monday to notify those living in southeast Waverly who could be impacted by flooded. Those who receive messages should take action as necessary.

To sign up for the system, go to or call (319) 352-5400 and select option five.’

Safety concerns

The release also contained safety precautions that should be taken in case of flooding.

-Do not drive through water. Turn around, don’t drown
-Do not enter flooded areas or move barricades.
-Households in areas prone to flooding should be watching the river level and taking action to protect their property and safety.

Community officials are monitoring the situation and are prepared to take additional action as needed, according to the release.


Monday, 4:16 p.m.- The National Weather Service is predicting minor flooding in Bremer County due to substantial rainfall in the Upper Cedar River Watershed.

The City of Waverly is installing flood barriers on 7th Avenue S.E. near the 1st Street S.W. intersection at 6 a.m. Tuesday. 7th Ave.

This intersection is located near South Riverside Park, about 0.7 miles south of downtown Waverly and 1.2 miles southwest of Wartburg College.

“These barries are designed to hold back water like a sandbag levee,” according to a news release from the city. “The value of installing these barriers is to maintain road access to southeast Waverly.”

The National Weather Service has issued a River Flood Warning that will be in effect from 4:45 p.m. Tuesday to 10:30 a.m. Friday.

According to the release, widespread flooding is not expected in Waverly but southeast Waverly may experience minor flooding with flooding peaking between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

The Waverly City Council meeting at 7 p.m. tonight will feature an informational briefing on the flooding.

The meeting can be seen on Channel 10/82 or at the city’s website.

Storm causes tree damage

A storm that ripped through Waverly on Sunday night produced high winds and caused many tree limbs to fall on Wartburg’s campus.

One of these, seen here, stretched across 4th Avenue N.W. (outside The Residence and Grossmann Hall), causing damage to at least one vehicle.


Check The Circuit for continuing coverage of the storm and floods.

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