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Rising water forces evacuation of Cedar Rapids hospital

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -- The evacuation of Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids is over -- but other problems are growing.

The hospital's 176 patients, including 30 patients in a nursing home at the hospital, were moved overnight to other hospitals of the Cedar River, which has swamped the city.

The river continues to rise. Officials say at least 438 city blocks in downtown are under water. There's more flooding outside of downtown, but authorities don't know how widespread it is. Up to 10,000 people are out of their homes.

The river is expected to crest Friday at 31.8 feet. In 1993, considered the worst flood in recent history, the river was at 19.2 feet.

While the city is submerged, water usage is a big concern. Only one well is operating, and residents are urged to conserve water.

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