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Southeast Elementary protected against future flood

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -- Its been two years since the record flooding in Waverly. The high water in June of 2008 hit Southeast Elementary, just as it did many other public structures in Eastern Iowa. But now the school has a plan to keep the water out in the future.

"We had about 8 inches of water in the building and had to do a lot of remodeling to mitigate that afterwards," said Christi Lines, Southeast Elementary principal.

Since then Lines says her students still talk about what happened just a few short years ago.

"The children remember the flood. They remember the community, in their homes, neighborhoods and the impact it had on the school. So defiantly they remember it," Lines said.

Southeast Elementary is located in the flood plain near the Cedar River.

Construction crews are in the process of building a 250 foot wall along the north side of the school, keeping high water from the Cedar River from affecting it.

Flood panels will be put in place at the doors for higher waters and construction crews filled the block walls with water proof grout.

Officials hope this one project will save the school from many future headaches.

"We definitely hope we don't have to test it and find out whether it's effective. We are confident it will be, but we just don't want to deal with another flood," said Lines.

Once the wall is done, landscapers will come in to help make the property more appealing to the community.

This flood mitigation project started in July and should be completed mid-October.

FEMA will pay for the $169,000 project.

Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough

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