The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

June 5, 2013

Local towns slightly affected by water woes

Camanche, Albany have been ready to contend with river's rising waters

By Amy Kent
Herald Staff Writer

CAMANCHE — Mississippi River flood levels have been moderate after an active May, but area cities have prepared themselves for what could happen from a rain-heavy month.

Camanche Mayor Ken Fahlbeck said some lower lying streets had been shut down due to flooding but otherwise the city hadn’t been affected.  

“We typically don’t have problems until it becomes over 18 feet,” Fahlbeck said.

The Corps of Engineers at Lock 13 in Fulton, Ill., said the river crested at 15.6 feet Monday and is slowly receding.  It should level out at 15 feet by Thursday and hold steady for about three days.  

The Camanche public works department heads all preventative measures to flooding and has done a good job of being prepared,” Fahlbeck said.    

“Our public works was on top of it.  We always have sandbags on hand and I know the community would come together and help out if we needed it,” Fahlbeck said.

Other areas around Clinton have seen an increase in water levels but have had little trouble with major flooding.  

Albany, Ill., public works director Nate Schroder said the only problem he has faced this year is putting docks out for the summer.  

Since 2001, when major flooding caused problems in Albany, most homes near the river have been raised to prevent future damage.

“Flood stages would need to reach nearly 25 feet for us to really worry,” Schroder said.  

In the event that flooding does occur, Schroder is confident that his community is ready for whatever comes its way.