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New HESCO flood barriers in Dubuque

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The City of Dubuque installed the first of its new HESCO flood barriers Wednesday morning.

City spokesperson Randy Gehl said the City Council approved $300,000 to purchased 10,000 feet of the flood-fighting structures as protection against the rising Mississippi River.

Wednesday morning, HESCO representatives trained city workers as they barricaded a power station for city drinking water wells at A.Y. McDonald Park.

City Street and Sewer Maintenance supervisor John Klostermann said the next target is the new Mystique Community Ice Center, which is on the flood stage of the city's levy. He said the city won't set up the HESCO barriers there until the river level approaches 22 feet.

Klostermann said the city can now do in a matter of hours what sandbagging took days to do.

He said the HESCO barriers "go up rather quickly. They can be filled with machines. They take up less of a footprint. If we were going to go four feet high with sandbags, we'd have to be twelve foot wide at the bottom, and then we'd bring that up in a pyramid shape."

HESCO representatives say Iowa and Louisiana are the top two states in the US for HESCO purchases.

Iowa cities with HESCO barriers include Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Iowa City and Dubuque, representatives said.

The HESCO barriers are reusable.

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