Flood Recedes, But Only 1 Well Remains

Cedar Rapids restricts water use for next few days
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2008 7:55 PM CDT
Floodwaters are seen Saturday, June 14, 2008, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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(Newser) – Floodwaters receded today after 24,000 people fled Cedar Rapids, Iowa, but only one well is uncontaminated to service the city, CNN reports. Officials say it will run down if people take showers and flush toilets over the next 3 or 4 days. "Water is still our primary concern," one said. "We're still using water at a greater rate than we're producing."

Meanwhile the Cedar River is dropping faster than expected, allowing officials to turn to recovery efforts, The Gazette reports. "We're below 29 feet now," a city engineer said. "The water is dropping at a little over two inches per hour." He added that water should fall below flood stage by next Saturday.