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Eastern Iowans prepare for flooding while remembering 2008

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Creeks and rivers throughout the viewing area are flooding, closing down streets. Many people are keeping an eye on the forecast, hoping the rains will end soon. Creeks and rivers throughout the viewing area are flooding, closing down streets. Many people are keeping an eye on the forecast, hoping the rains will end soon.

The rain has been causing problems in several eastern Iowa communities.

Creeks and rivers throughout the viewing area are flooding, closing down streets. Many people are keeping an eye on the forecast, hoping the rains will end soon.

A lot of the areas that flooded are used to seeing the problem happen during spring. One person we spoke with in Hudson said she thinks the water level now is actually worse than it was in 2008.

For many eastern Iowans, the memories from five years ago are vivid now.

In New Hartford, crews are working to sandbag the south side of town. The goal is to prevent floodwater from entering the town, including areas like Main Street.

The rising waters are bringing problems many weren't expecting.

"Yesterday afternoon it didn't appear like it was going to be real serious, and throughout the day and really early morning it changed drastically," said Mitch Nordmeyer, Butler County Emergency Management Director.

That's leading residents to take precautionary measures -- some evacuating their homes, others sandbagging.

"I think the town is erring on the side of caution because of 2008, but that doesn't mean we're going to have another 2008," said Leasha Henriksen, who helped her parents evacuate. "I think the city's done a lot to make it better."

In 2008, Wolf Creek flooded over West Main Street in La Porte City. On Monday, it happened again.

It's a frequent problem for the town, and one officials expect as the creek rises.

"We're kind of prepared for it," said Sam Weich, La Porte City Public Works Director. "You just can never predict exactly what it's going to do."

In Hudson, Black Hawk Creek is causing headaches. Watters Road is filled with floodwaters.

The American Red Cross provided emergency shelter during the day on Monday for people in New Hartford who evacuated their homes. Crews then went on standby in case flooding continued to be a problem throughout the evening.

If you did experience flooding, the Red Cross recommends wearing protective clothing as you clean up, including donning rubber boots and gloves.

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