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Olin hopeful mitigation efforts will help prevent flood damage

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This photo shows some of the land Olin bought out after past flooding. This photo shows some of the land Olin bought out after past flooding.
JONES COUNTY (KWWL) -

The community of Olin has had their fair share of flooding over the years from both the Wapsi River and Walnut Creek. 

"We've lived here for four years and evacuated out three years," says Jessica Lemmer. 

More than a dozen homes have been bought out by the city to make way for grassland in an effort for flood mitigation. 

"There's much more area for water to expand out to and just sit for a few days without impacting any of the homes," says Jean McPherson, the City Clerk. 

Olin is trusting their past efforts as well as a lower crest than expected further north to bring less water this week than they have received in past years. 

"We're gonna stay, I don't think it'll make it up as far as it did in the past," says Lemmer. 

Jones County Emergency Management Coordinator Brenda Leonard says they are expecting the river to crest lower than it did in 2016 but flooding could cause some road closures. 

We are told there have also been buyouts in Monticello along Kitty Creek, those areas have been turned into space for a farmers market and frisbee golf. 


    


    

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