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Vinton Residents Band Together To Combat Flooding
Updated: Thursday, May 30 2013, 10:17 PM CDT
VINTON, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- It’s all hands on deck in the city of Vinton as men women and children gather to protect the city from flood waters.
“We're just being a little bit prepared this time versus ’08, it seemed like we were behind the 8 ball a little bit,” said Vinton Mayor John Watson.
It's the acknowledgement of a lesson learned. Which is why instead of just using sandbags like last time, they're also filling up Hesco barriers along the Cedar River.
“We're gonna do the best we can to forgo any damage like we had in ’08,” Watson said.
That potential for damage is urgent. With more rain in the forecast, the river is expected to rise…
“Which would put it at the back of the fire station here and possible into the electrical generation plant,” Assistant Fire Chief Dan Albert said.
So in the shadow of their fire department, more than 100 volunteers worked to make sure that doesn't happen.
“Thought I'd come out and help the fire station a little bit,” volunteer Ashley McKenna said
Even for younger volunteers, the memories of 5 years ago are still fresh.
“I think everybody saw what happened then and want to prevent that from happening, and there's a great turnout,” McKenna said.
100 volunteers working to make sure history doesn't repeat itself.
“I've been out here for an hour now, and I plan on being out here till I can't sandbag no more tonight,” volunteer Chris Cornell said.
“I think it's an American mentality to tell you the truth,” Watson said. “It doesn't matter where you live in America, if people need help, people will show up.”
Severe weather is cutting the volunteer effort short today, but they say if necessary they'll be back out sandbagging Friday.