FLOODING WOES: Eastern Iowa River Rises

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More flood evacuations are underway in eastern Iowa Wednesday.

Evacuations in Independence are currently voluntary, as the Wapsipinicon River nears record levels due to heavy rain and thunderstorms.

The town is now preparing for flash flooding and equipping emergency crews and services with necessary supplies. Emergency Management in Buchanan County says its main priority is letting people know about the expected flooding.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicts the river will reach 22 feet by 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The record water level for the Wapsipinicon at Independence is 22.35 feet and it was reached in 1999.