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July 4, 2014

Clinton deals well with floods

CLINTON — Compared to other river cities, Clinton is set up well to accommodate flooding, according to U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa.

The congressman toured Clinton’s Mississippi River front Thursday afternoon alongside a number of state and city officials. Much of that flood control is alleviated by the city’s efficient dike, something that still performs above par for preventing water damage from seeping into the main sectors of the city’s east side.

“I’m here to assess what the city of Clinton is doing as far as flood protection is concerned,” Loebsack said, adding that in under a more serious threat, it’s helpful for him to understand his district and various community responses. “There’s no question that they’ve already got a great system in place. The levee that was constructed some time ago prevents any major damage from happening in Clinton.”

After the Mississippi peaked at 24 feet, 8 inches in 1965, the city took on a massive project to mitigate the flooding. In 1978, the new dike was completed, and it’s had a major impact, according to city officials.

Loebsack wanted to know how Clinton reacts to flooding incidents and stopped by the Clinton Marina to survey water levels with his own eyes. The river has risen to over 20 feet, said Marina manager Cindy Brackemeyer. That’s not cause for too much alarm, though it was enough to enact an action plan with the water currently seeping onto the Marina’s parking lot.

Reaction crews responded well to this week’s weather events.

“We had a plan of attack that we executed well,” Brackemeyer said.

Flood response this week involved recovering a loose boat, filling gas docks with water, keeping underwater equipment clean and shutting down electricity to gas pumps. Brackemeyer also has begun informing citizens that the water levels are unsafe to use recreationally. She’s advised limited use of the river during the Fourth of July.

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