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Flooding puts Independence at Risk

(CBS2/FOX28) INDEPENDENCE, Iowa – With each rain drop life was getting more dangerous in Buchanan County early Wednesday morning.

Water in some areas rose so fast emergency crews had little time to warn people when flash floods overtook roadways. In towns like Rowley and Quasqueton the only way to leave home was by wading in water.

In the city of Independence it is a similar situation, you cannot go far without seeing lots of water. So to fight the floods many residents are picking up shovels and stuffing sand into bags.

But as fast as the bags are filled, they are being stacked downtown outside of businesses that sit near the Wapsipinicon River. Emergency Management officials are concerned the flooding could be of historic proportions.

"(I) figure if we can get it done now we won't have to worry about it later, maybe help out a little bit," said Mark Thompson, an Independence resident and sandbagger.

CBS 2’s Josh Scheinblum reports.
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