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Iowa is bracing for its second-worst flooding of all time

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Many Iowans spent the weekend bracing for what could be the second-worst flooding in the state's history. 

Cedar Rapids, home to 130,000 people, saw water levels just below historic flooding in 2008 that devastated the region. 

The National Weather Service predicted the nearby Cedar River would crest at 23 feet on Tuesday morning. 

Fortunately, this time the city is better prepared than in 2008 -- residents of about 5,000 homes have been asked to evacuate.

Iowa is bracing for its second-worst flooding of all time

WATCH  | It's still a messy situation. Here's how it looks on the ground.

They've been telling us it was coming for days. Last time, we had eight or 10 hours to get out.
Iowa resident Kim Hutchins

The benefits of preparation

After the 2008 flood, about 1,350 homes near the Cedar River were bought out and destroyed to reduce the amount of damage that future floods could inflict. 

So far, no injuries have been reported, but the town of Palo is without water after a sewer line broke.

Iowa is bracing for its second-worst flooding of all time

WATCH  | Here's another look at the floods in Charles City, Iowa. 

Some saw silver linings in the flood.

Others were (understandably) bummed out.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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