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Coralville moving mussels ahead of flood protection project

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CORALVILLE (KWWL) -

A flood protection project in Coralville is taking the city some muscle.

In order to build flood walls along the Iowa River, the city must pay to move 3,000 mussels.

The creatures live near the west bank of the river and could be crushed by debris from the walls.

Experts are moving the mussels to the east bank of the river.

"We've divided it in two sections and we're searching each section," said Eric Belt, Senior Malacologist.  "Depending on the depth, we're diving or snorkeling and we're collecting all mussels that we can in that area."

The city estimates the cost for the project at just under $100,000 dollars.

"We've done a bunch of work along the west bank of the Iowa River from I-80 down to where this project starts," said Dan Holderness, Coralville City Engineer.  "This is kind of the next phase of the flood protection projects along the west bank of the Iowa River for the city of Coralville."

The walls will protect up to an elevation of one foot above the 2008 flood level.

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