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DNR Wants Anamosa to Get Permit For Their Levee

ANAMOSA, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--We begin tonight along the Wapsipinicon River in Jones County.

That's where many were last month frantically preparing for the worst as flooding again threatened the town of Anamosa.

Those efforts included a levee, one the city has used in other flood events including 2008.

State officials say this particular form of protection is a violation, one that the city has repeated time and time again.
Exactly a month ago, rising flood waters from the Wapsipinicon River threatened the city of Anamosa, and city officials answered that threat with a levee.

"It was an emergency situation and built as such, said city administrator Alan Johnson.

Now some council members want it to be a permanent fix, but the department of natural resources say, not yet.

"We received a complaint about it back in June and conducted an investigation there. The city did not have a permit for construction of the levee, said environmental program supervisor for the DNR Joe Sanfilippo.

Meaning there's no engineering study to show that it won't increase the overall flood waters by more than one foot upstream.

The dirt berm isn't the only levee in violation of the DNR's recommendation. The levee next to the Wapsipinicon River is also in violation.

"The DNR is telling us that there is the possibility that they could be permitted it's just we have to have the engineering studies to back that up."

"Eventually they are going to have to submit a mid-application to us for approval."

Something city officials say they are more than happy to do.
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