For the third time in just over a month, the Cedar River is rising and will reach flood stage, although like in both September flood alerts, the river is expected to crest at around 18 feet, which is considered “moderate” flood stage.
According to the National Weather Service, the Cedar River at Vinton is at 11.5 feet, but expected to rise to 18.1 feet by Friday afternoon and remain at that level until Sunday afternoon before beginning to fall.
The river rising is one of the effects of days of rain, caused in part by remnants of Hurricane Rosa, which is spreading from Arizona to Lake Michigan. Vinton received an estimated inch of rain between Sunday morning and Monday morning.
The river crested at just under 18 feet on Sept. 8, and Sept. 26.
Minor flood stage is 15 feet; major stage is listed at 19 feet, according to the National Weather Service.