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Central City Prepares for Threat of Flooding
CENTRAL CITY (CBS 2/ FOX 28)--You can hear the same loud ringing on almost every corner, truck after truck filled with sand and sandbags have taken over Central City streets.
"We're preparing for the worst," said Fire chief James O’ Leary.
The worst-- being the threat of flooding caused by rising levels of the Wapsipinicon River.
"It could affect upwards to 300 people," O’Leary said.
Normally the city sees flooding when the river reaches a height of 18 feet. But the projected height is 24 feet, something the city's never dealt with before.
To keep the threat of water out, volunteers like Tracy Sprague have been pouring in to lend a helping hand.
"We've loaded a bunch of sandbags into trucks, and we've been tying up the sandbags, getting them ready," Sprague said.
She and dozens of other volunteers have filled hundreds of sandbags, adding to the 16,000 the city already got from Linn County Emergency Management.
"People have been coming up and asking for sandbags and kids are jumping in trucks and taking them loads of sandbags,” said Representative Quentin Stanerson. “We're trying to help out as many people as we can."
"It's just like a big family," Stanerson said.
Sandbags can be picked up by anyone who lives along the Wapsipinicon River. They can be picked up at Station One on Main Street.