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flooding in Columbus Junction Iowa

The Des Moines Register posted photographs of flooding in Columbus Junction today:

Columbus Junction Iowa flooding photo

flooding photo in Columbus Junction Iowa 2008

Saturday afternoon the water began coming through the levee, which holds up railroad tracks in Columbus Junction. By Sunday morning, the lowest part of the downtown area was inundated, with water as high as nine feet in some buildings, and four to five feet in many others.

Up to half the downtown businesses in Columbus Junction are affected in the town of about 2,000 people.

Residents and volunteers from the surrounding area began working Tuesday to reinforce earthen levees with sand and sandbags, hoping the little town downstream from Cedar Rapids and Iowa City could survive the deluge that hit those bigger cities up north.

“I think we filled close to 100,000 sandbags in four days,” Wilson said. “We had 30 to 40 sand trucks running constantly for four days straight.”

via the Des Moines Register and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier