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Iowa City Residents Cope with Flooding, Evacuations
IOWA CITY (CBS 2/ FOX 28) -- Waiting and seeing is a game Becky Hall has gotten pretty good at for the past few days.
“Everybody always wants to be in their home as long as they can,” said Hall who decided not to evacuate her home on Eastmoor Drive due to nearby flooding.
She’s waiting for the Iowa River to go down and has been roughing it in the meantime.
“We’d rather be safe than sorry, so we had everything, our big furniture taken out,” Hall said standing in an empty living room.
She’s been sitting on lawn chairs and sleeping on an air mattress for the last four days.
“We had a big TV console, DVD’s, lamps, and our bedroom furniture’s gone,” Hall said.
She keeps her food at a neighbor’s house, while her refrigerator along with her other furniture sits in storage.
“You have to do what the boy scouts do, hope for the best and prepare for the worst,” she said.
For her and other residents who live near the Iowa River but didn’t evacuate their homes, it’s been hard.
“It’s very stressful,” said resident Gulab Zode.
Flooded streets and closed roads make it hard to get around. Residents who’ve been camping out in their own homes, say they feel like they’re in limbo.
“Just the hassle of moving in and moving out and not knowing when it will be over,” Zode said.
For now, residents like Hall say they’re keeping a close eye on river levels expected to go down by the end of the week and keeping their fingers crossed until then.
“It could go either way for us, but I think now we’re okay,” Hall said.