Residents of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, were urged Sunday to evacuate the area as floodwaters continue to rise after the recent deluge of rain in the American Midwest. As of Monday, the Cedar River crested at about 16 feet, which already constitutes a "major flood event," Time reports; by Tuesday morning, it is expected to reach 23 feet. Other parts of Iowa as well as parts of Wisconsin have also been subject to recommended evacuation and curfew impositions. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) have "each declared disaster emergencies for 13 counties," CNN reports, which allows state resources to aid the local disaster areas. In Wisconsin, two people have died from the flooding.

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