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Waverly looking ahead to flood prevention

by John Wilmer

WAVERLY (KWWL) -- Communities across eastern Iowa who were devastated by the floods of 2008 are working to prevent this kind of disaster from ever happening again. Waverly was one of the first communities to get hit by the rising Cedar River. Seventy-five homes are considered beyond repair and 18 home owners have been contacted for demolition.

The city of Waverly is looking at several measures to prevent this kind of devastation from happening again. One is to add an inflatable dam downtown to control the water level. The other is to clear out Waverly's dry run creek.

The flood waters have receded across eastern Iowa and in Waverly the Cedar River has once again become a place for recreation, but the memory of those days in June are still fresh in many peoples minds.

Bill Root had just moved into his business, Rack 'em Up Promotions, on Bremer Avenue when he had to move everything to higher ground. It has taken him a while to get back on his feet.

"Last week I finally go back into the 20th century. I got the lights turned on as well as the heat," Root said.

City officials are looking at a number of solutions to prevent this kind of flooding again. One would be to add a multi-million dollar inflatable dam.

"With an inflatable dam during the time of flooding you can drop the dam down to base level and control a 100 year flood pretty much within the river banks or the first street area along the river and that will help both the northwest and the southwest parts of the community," City Administrator Dick Crayne said.

The city of Waverly may also bond for $700,000 to help with flood remediation.

"The flood is the cities priority to address and mitigation of flood impact is very important to the city of Waverly," Crayne said.

"Water is going to come up. It always has and it always will. I think the city is going to take care of whatever they can do to make sure that the community is taken care of and they can do to keep the water away as best they can," Root said.

All of these projects must first be approved by the Waverly City Council. That could happen sometime this month.

Online Reporter:  John Wilmer

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