CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --- Ample rain in April filled streams in Northeast Iowa, and a soggy start so far in May is pushing a few out of their banks.
According to the National Weather Service, the Cedar River in Cedar Falls will top flood stage this afternoon and continue rising until early Wednesday. Flood stage is 88 feet. The anticipated crest will be 89.2 feet.
The weather service describes the impact of such flooding as minor. The river at 89 feet reaches the edge of Cottage Row Road and inundates the northeast corner of Tourist Park in Cedar Falls.
At the same time, Beaver Creek at New Hartford should be on the decline today. Forecasts called for the stream to crest Sunday night at 9.8 feet. Flood stage is 12 feet.
Officially, Waterloo picked up 7.12 inches of rain in April and a spot of snow, making it one of the wettest Aprils on record. So far in May, according to the weather service, storms over Waterloo dropped 2.31 inches of rain and 1.7 inches of snow.
Forecasts call for additional rain beginning Tuesday night in Iowa.