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Muscatine Workers Drag Tree Trunks From Swollen Mad Creek

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Heavy rain swamped parts of Muscatine, as much of it swelled Mad Creek on the way to the Mississippi River.

The Army Corps of Engineers added a flood gate at Mad Creek and second avenue two years ago, allowing the city to cut off Mad Creek from flooding that portion of town.

That's where the battle against flash flood waters focused.

"They've already had two or three cars flooded down there, they're taking wood out of Mad Creek and these cars just keep trying to get through and I'm absolutely amazed that they will not turn around," says Diana Struck.

Her wagging finger wasn't enough to keep drivers from attempting to navigate past Mad Creek. That's where Muscatine public works crews were worried about what was flowing down the stream.

"All the bigger stuff is up against the bridge and it's gonna start backing up and we may have to shut this flood wall if it gets to the point because it'll run down the street and into the Hon building and we absolutely don't want that," says worker Randy Ball.

A backhoe was called in to start dragging tree trunks out of the swollen stream, as neighbors looked on, hoping the flood gate could remain open.

"It's a pain because, like everything is over there. We go over there, my boyfriend goes to work at GPC there, we shop at HyVee drug normally and my other job's over there so it's a pain to go all the way around all of this," says Mallorie Thompson.

The battle against the tree trunks proved successful this round. Although public works warns the flood gate may have to close if the river rises as forecast.

"Possibly by Saturday it could be over 23 feet which would put it at the second or third highest level but I don't know if that was before the rain of today and how much they got North of us, so it's hard to say," says Ball.


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