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Linn County communities prepare for Wapsi flooding

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The swollen Wapsipinicon River is projected to cause major flooding for communities downstream from Independence. The swollen Wapsipinicon River is projected to cause major flooding for communities downstream from Independence.
CENTRAL CITY (KWWL) -

The swollen Wapsipinicon River is projected to cause major flooding for communities downstream from Independence.

The threat has already caused the cancellation of this year's Linn County Fair.

Fair organizers were expecting a record crowd this weekend. Instead, the area is preparing for the potential of record flooding.

On Wednesday morning, organizers chose to err on the side of caution.

"We've put a lot of time and effort to say, 'What's the best for our community and what's the best for the safety of everybody involved?'" said Heidi Steffen, marketing manager at the Linn County Fair. "And we just said it's best that we cancel the fair this year."

Wednesday, vendors were forced to tear down and leave.

The six-day event, expected to attract 45,000 people, is canceled beginning Thursday, a disappointment for families like the Bresslers of Marion.

"I wanted to do the rides," said 7-year-old Annika Bressler.

"It's tough just because it's her first fair, and I wanted her to be able to experience it all," said Annika's mother, Christal.

The 4-H FFA livestock show has been moved to Delaware County.

Uptown, sandbags are being brought in by the truckload, as homeowners prepare for levels never before seen.

Family and friends turned out to help Marcia Fiser protect her house, which came close to flooding in 1999.

Fiser is less confident this time around.

"There was so much rain last night, the river is going to come up fast, when it does," she said.

Further upstream in Troy Mills, water is creeping closer to homes.

The Bonnett family spent most of the day getting everything out of the house.

"It's just wait and see," said Stephanie Bonnett. 

The flooding upstream is a glimpse of what's to come in Central City.

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