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Wapsi River set to crest in Independence

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The Wapsipinicon River in Independence is in major flood stage. The water is expected to crest Sunday at 16.8 ft. 

Standing near the Wapsi River, you can just hear how strong the water is. 

Businesses in Independence near the Wapsi River are starting to prepare for flooding as the water creeps into the backs of their businesses. 

"It's the 100 year flood?" said Roger Baker. "What are we doing, counting cat years? Because here it is all over again. It's not as bad yet, but it's still on the rise."

Homes along the river are also seeing flooding, as the water is now making its way into neighborhoods. 

"It's crazy to look out your door and just see the water sitting right there," said LeeAnn Walztoni. 

Roads in Independence closest to the river are closed, but bridges are still open. 

Many in town say watching the river brings back memories from the floods of 2008. 

"In 2008, there was no dam," said Debra Neblock. "It was just straight across. And they divided the town up. Fire trucks and police on both sides. Because you couldn't use the bridges they were closed. It's just a lot of sad memories. A lot of people lost their homes." 

The Wapsi River is expected to crest Sunday afternoon at 16.8 ft. 

The expected crest is nowhere near record level, which is 22 ft. 

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