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New Flood Barriers in the City of Waverly


Carol Herman and her husband have lived near Seventh Avenue in Waverly, a neighborhood very close to the river, for 66 years.

She says flooding is something they are always watching out for.

"This is still a good home, a nice neighborhood so hopefully we'll be okay,” she said.

Early in the morning, the city erected HESCO flood barriers to protect nearby homes.

Heavy rains up river Sunday mean a threat of flooding now.

"They are lined with felt and then filled with sand and what they are is basically an easy to set up levee,” said Phil Jones city Administrator.

The presence of the barriers have some in the neighborhood say there are happy to see the city doing more to prevent flooding.

"I didn't quite understand until I saw it this morning exactly how it was going to work, but I can see that so far it's working,” Sharon Roggeman.

Still the real test of HESCO barriers will be later tonight.

"We're projecting the water to crest in this evening around nine o'clock at about 15 feet that's about half a foot lower than where it crested in 1993,” Jones said.

Locals say the threat of floods is really nothing compared to what's happening in Oklahoma.

"I'm watching people around the world with the tornadoes and the floods and I think those poor people. We're real fortunate yet,” Herman said.

The Waverly City council will hold a meeting tonight at seven to talk about the HESCO barrier and flood risks.

City officials say people who live along the river and low areas should watch for ground water in their basements.

They say they don't expect a lot of property impact but caution people to be on the lookout.


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