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Vinton preparing for flooding along Cedar River

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VINTON (KWWL) -

For now, the Cedar River in Vinton looks pretty calm and normal, but that won't be the case for much longer.

People here in town are preparing for the flooding that's to come.

The fire department has been at it since Thursday putting up these hesco barriers because they're located right next to the river. They bought them after the 2008 floods and want to be better prepared this time.

Not too far away on 3rd Street, hundreds came out to sand bags. This is a flood prone area. "Back in 2008 was a little more precarious, because we didn't know what to expect, so there was more apprehension I guess, not knowing I guess, but this time we have a lot more of a handle on it, we know the river gauges are right, we have a lot more planning ahead of time," said Julie Hansen of Vinton.

In 2008, the flooding in Vinton reached a record level of 24.7 feet. The forecast is predicting two feet below that.

Still, people here will see the flooding get worse throughout Sunday. That means, when you wake up Sunday morning, you'll notice a huge increase of water.

Some homes along the Cedar River had to be torn down after the 2008 flood. Vinton city officials say they've made significant improvements since then. They don't expect many issues. 

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