But because it has to go somewhere, the water was rushing over the Cedar River toward Cedar Rapids and other cities in northeast Iowa. City Manager Jeff Pomeranz said lobbying for the federal money is a top priority and the project will be critical to the city's future.
A group of people came together in Waterloo, Iowa to rescue a terrified deer that was swept away in raging flood waters.
The Cedar River, which winds through the city of around 126,000 in eastern Iowa, is expected to crest early on Tuesday morning at 23 feet (7 m). In Charles City, residents put flood-damaged items out on their curbs for pickup Monday. Parts of Iowa are recovering from severe flooding.
Overall, Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr, the adjutant general of the Iowa National Guard, said 412 soldiers are being mobilized to provide support to local law enforcement at 75 evacuation control points beginning today in Cedar Rapids and Palo as floodwaters along the Cedar River approach Tuesday's projected crest, officials say.
Parts of southern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin also remained under flood warnings on Sunday, but it appeared that most of the threat of major flooding has passed in those states.
Due to recent heavy rains, the Cedar River and many streams are at, or above, flood levels, engulfing several Iowa communities and forcing many Iowans out of their homes.
Residents helped each other fill sandbags around the area, as the rain-swollen city prepared for what is expected to be the worst flooding since 2008, when the region was devastated by rising waters.
Cedar Rapids police tweeted a video of volunteers who gave up their Saturday morning to help out.
The city has struggled since the 2008 flood to secure the funding that would be necessary to create a comprehensive flood protection system for low-lying areas on both sides of the river.
Upriver, the Cedar River has crested in both Cedar Falls and Waterloo.
An Evansdale man jumps in the flooded Cedar River to save a deer. The town's more than 800 residents have been encouraged to cover their drains, remove valuables from their basements, and not to flush their toilets or run water.
A post from Korn's official Twitter account confirmed news of the cancellation, with the band adding, "So sorry we won't be able to play for you!"