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Wapsi River Forecast for Independence Now Lower, Residents Still Cautious

INDEPENDENCE, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Arianna Cayson can see the warning signs across Independence, including in her own home.

"There's already water in the basement," Cayson said.

So while onlookers are taking in the sights by the dam, Cayson and a car full of supplies were on their way out to Palo Wednesday afternoon.

"My dad's there, and it's kinda home, so I'd rather be there than here and have anything happen god forbid," Cayson said.

It doesn't help that Cayson is a recent Florida transplant and isn't used to the rising waters.

"I prefer hurricanes... at least I know when that's coming'" Cayson said.

Her friend Kaleen Frahm, a life long Iowan, has seen it all before.

"Its kinda scary, knowing that a lot of my friend's and family's houses are going to get flooded," Frahm said.

Bob Hocken has also seen it all, including the last major flood here in Independence back in 1999.

"We had three inches on the main floor, above the kitchen cabinets," Hocken said.

It forced him to place his home higher and out of reach of future flood water. However, Hocken says this won't be 1999.

"It was a lot faster flood, we just don't seem like we got the water now that we had in 99," Hocken said.

Some aren't waiting to see if history repeats itself.

"You never know, natures gonna do what nature wants to do," Cayson said.
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