Cedar Falls is preparing for a weekend flood.

Moderate flooding is forecast along the Cedar River. The National Weather Service was expecting a powerful storm system to move through the region on Wednesday, bringing higher temperatures and potentially heavy rain.

Forecasters are expecting the Cedar River at Cedar Falls to rise to around 92.7 feet Sunday morning — just under four feet above its 89-foot flood stage. At 10:45 AM Wednesday, the river level was at 79.79 feet.

Cedar River at Cedar Falls
Source: National Weather Service

Residents preparing for the high water are getting some help from the city.

Sand and sandbags are being offered to Cedar Falls residents free of charge. The materials can be picked up at the Bluff Street Complex, using the entrance located at 16th and State Streets.

According to city officials, the sand and bags will be located near the scrap metal bunkers on the east side of the facility. Shovels will be available, but they encourage residents to bring their own.

Anyone with questions, should call the Cedar Falls Public Works Department at 319-273-8629.