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Central City flooding impact less severe than anticipated

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Dean Zach of Central City has had his share of flood scares. None compared to the projections he heard Wednesday. Dean Zach of Central City has had his share of flood scares. None compared to the projections he heard Wednesday.
CENTRAL CITY (KWWL) -

Dean Zach of Central City has had his share of flood scares. None compared to the projections he heard Wednesday.

"That would have put water on our first floor," he said. "Just short of panicking, I got the posse together."

Now it appears Zach's flood protection measures weren't necessary. Twenty-four hours later, he feels better about the situation.

"We're not worried about the things we were in '08," Zach said. 

The Wapsipinicon River was stable in Central City for most of the day Thursday, though a crest is expected sometime Thursday afternoon into Friday morning.

Homes on the river appear to have been spared so far, but officials are keeping a close eye on things. The crest appears to be significantly below the record levels projected Wednesday.

"If it doesn't get as bad, we're thankful for it, and if it does, we deal with it,' said Chris Oldfather with the Central City Fire Department.

Downstream, the Linn County Fairgrounds had taken on minimal amounts of water as of Thursday afternoon.

Officials say they stand by their decision to cancel this year's Fair, given the projections they were facing from the day before. 

Predicting the flooding magnitude in Central City has been no easy task, given the lack of rain gages in between Independence and Central City.

"This year has been a little more difficult because it's been hit or miss in so many places," Oldfather said.

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