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Relieved mayor talks about Elkader's preparation

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ELKADER (KWWL) -

"I'd like to thank everyone who volunteered to help protect our city."

Elkader Mayor Josh Pope said that during a news conference this morning.

The entire city is breathing a sigh of relief after the Turkey River crested at 22.4 feet, below what we saw in 2008 in Elkader (27.7 feet).

The city called it "great news" as it had prepared for the worst by building a wall of sandbags around downtown businesses.

Some of those businesses have water in the basement, but the damage could've been much worse.

Some downtown streets will remain closed for now so the city can take down the sandbags and clean up.

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