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City crews in Burlington are monitoring pumps and Hesco barriers along the Mississippi after a barrier protecting the Market Street lift station was breached over the weekend.

Fortunately, crews had already built more barriers inside that area which stopped the water from spreading to the rest of downtown.

But when the lift station went down, water started coming up in nearby basements.

That includes the post office.

Public Works Director Steve Hoambrecker says crews there are still pumping water out.

"From that part, I can't say it was a total success. But we have been able to protect the auditorium and keep everything there from being ruined and having to be replaced, knock on wood, to date, with the water going down and not rising."

The river crested at over 23-feet in Burlington, the third highest crest in the city's history.

About 6,000 tons of sand has been used to contain it.
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