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Mandatory evacuations in Johnson County, some choose to stay


In Johnson County, the Iowa River is expected to crest Sunday.

The river and the Coralville Reservoir are still causing some concern as mandatory evacuations are in place in parts of southern Johnson County.

We stopped by Sand Road Southeast near Hills is prone to flooding. It sits near the Iowa River.

People who live in this area are under a mandatory evacuation. But for long-time residents like Chris Westfall and his wife, they're sticking it out despite the mandatory evacuations.

"We're going to stay as long as we can," said Chris Westfall.

The Westfalls rode out floods in 1993 and 2008, marking the water levels on the side of their barn.

Even in 2008, waters never reached their home. That's why they're less concerned.

"They can ask us to leave, but think like a lot of our neighbors, I'm not. I don't like being told what to do. I had to have that in high school, and I don't like it very well (laughs)," said Westfall.

Just in case, they've got a backup plan.

"If it gets really bad my brother's got a boat, we have one together. We'll get out," said Westfall.

Emergency officials say those who stay won't be able to get emergency services.

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