Flooding Resources

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The purpose of this webpage is to provide guidance resources for both community members and professional agencies under Linn County Public Health's service to aid in response to the 2016 Flood. For any questions related to the content of this webpage or flood-related issues, please contact: Linn County Public Health at 319.892.6000 or email health@linncounty.org.

For additional resources related to food safety, response and recovery, and air and water quality procedures during and following the flood please click on the links below:

Flooding Impact

Current flood level projections have the flood waters reaching 24 feet, the areas that will be primarily affected include the Time Check, NewBo, Rompot, Czech Village, Downtown Cedar Rapids, and some of Palo. To follow the current flood level and impact areas access the National Weather Service's - Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service

Private Well Flooding

Homeowners returning to their homes after flood waters have receded are often anxious to use the water for cleaning and bathing purposes. Please remember that flooding can present challenges that can keep your well from providing safe, potable water for you and your family. Water that is supplied by a water well that has been influenced by a flood may present special health risks which require extra precautions to protect the health of you and your family. For more information: Private Well Flooding Guidelines

Injuries in Flood Water

As efforts are underway in Linn County to prepare for significant flooding, Linn County Public Health is urging residents in and around flooded areas to take precautions to help prevent disease and stay safe. Individuals injured while working in flood water are at an increased risk for tetanus infection. Tetanus is an infection caused by bacteria that can get into the body through broken skin, typically through injuries from contaminated objects. Exposure to flood waters alone does not increase the risk of tetanus. Individuals do not need a tetanus booster due to being exposed to flood water.

Residents who are injured in flood water and received a tetanus vaccine more than five years ago should seek proper medical treatment and have their tetanus immunization status reviewed. Vaccinations are available at Linn County Public Health. Please call 319-892-6093 for questions or to schedule an appointment.

Relevant Press Releases

  • Flood Recovery Update, Sept. 30 - City of Cedar Rapids
  • Overnight Efforts and Continued Flood Response - City of Cedar Rapids 
  • Emergency Pet Evacuation Update - City of Cedar Rapids