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Clinton, IA Staying Dry During The Flood

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The City of Clinton, IA said it's been resting easy and dry through all the storms and the rising river.

"Whole city-wide effort to fill sandbags and try to keep things from advancing, now we don't have to do that at all," said lifelong Clinton resident Chuck Burg.

He said he remembers the last time he filled sand bags to protect his city and it wasn't recently. It was almost 50 years ago.

"It's just a wonderful thing that we have here," said Burg.

He said that wonderful thing is a levee and it does it's job keeping Clinton dry, when the river begins to rise.

"There is not real... Emergency," said Mayor of Clinton Mark Vulich. "As water hits certain levels, certain things take place and we just have our normal staff to take care of it."

Hesco barriers and sandbags are hardly ever needed. Flood gates are closed at certain river levels and these pumps prevent internal city flooding from rain water, dumping it back into the Mississippi.

"It's costly," said Congressman Dave Loebsack. "It's not something every city can necessarily do because it does cause tax payer dollars. There's no question. But what can be done to protect folks is really, really important and not just those home, but businesses as well."

Locals said the flood of 1965 was the worst they ever had.

"Nobody wanted their view of the river ruined, but our forefathers said hey we've got to stop this before this gets worse," said Burg.

And now for decades, city leaders hardly ever have to worry about flooding with a levee system in place.

"We basically close our doors, turn on our pumps," said Mayor Vulich.

 

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