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The flood wall built to protect the Iowa American Water Company plant in Davenport is officially complete. Water company officials, members of the Army Corps of Engineers and city leaders cut the ribbon Thursday to the new wall.
     
It is designed to protect the water treatment plant that serves over 130,000 Iowans. The wall is two thousand feet in length and over 30 feet tall. It's built to withstand a flood up to 31 feet. The current record on the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities is 22 feet.

"You know it's a big stress relief to know there's something in place permanently," said Randy Moore, President of Iowa American Water. "However, that doesn't mean we let our guards down. We still will make sure when floods do arise and they will occur, when they're ready, we want to make sure we're set."
 
Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba said it also takes pressure off of city flood fighters.

"The city had to put a lot of flood control people out here to build walls, temporary walls, pump water, so it will save the taxpayers money and not having to spend every other year on fighting floods," Gluba said.

The flood wall cost over $11 million and about $8 million of that came from the government.
     
The idea came about in the 70's but the project began in 2008.