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Residents Watching Iowa River

Updated: Friday, July 4 2014, 06:15 AM CDT
IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) – Iowa City is looking for volunteers to help in flood mitigation efforts.  They are seeking help sandbagging. The Emergency Volunteer Center is staffed  8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. daily. It is located at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Building at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.
Carol Sweeting with Iowa City Public Works said when the city first asked for volunteers on Wednesday; the response wasn’t very good. On Wednesday, three volunteers helped sand bag. On Thursday, 12 volunteers showed up to help.
“Not that they haven’t done an excellent job, it’s just that we’d really like to see a bigger handful of people come out,” Sweeting said they were looking for closer to 50 volunteers. 
Sandbagging is so important along McCollister Blvd and the Iowa River because mitigation efforts weren’t quite ready for  storms that came in earlier in the week. Crews are working very hard to set up hesco barriers. They hope to protect two mobile home parks that are in the area. Tamra Zwolanek lives at one of those parks. 
“I’m watching the river every day and this is more than what it used to be, and it just keeps going higher and higher,” Zwolanek said. 
A levee is in the plan for the west side of the river south of Highway 6 where the mobile home parks are, it’s just not finished yet.
Residents Watching Iowa River


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