New Hartford relaxes, Independence ready for flood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — New Hartford residents are returning home since rain has missed the area and Beaver Creek is receding, but rain in other locations in eastern Iowa has heightened flood concerns.

Independence is preparing for near-record high levels on the Wapsipinicon River.

Buchanan County officials have asked the state for 10,000 sandbags to prepare for the river’s 22-foot crest Wednesday night. The all-time high is 22.4 feet in 1999. The river begins flooding at 12.3 feet.

Further downstream Linn County Fair organizers are canceling events at the fairgrounds in Central City after Wednesday. The Wapsipinicon runs east of the fairgrounds and will peak at 27 feet on Friday at Anamosa, just downstream from Central City.

Johnson County officials have asked for a pump as they prepare for rising Iowa and Cedar rivers.

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