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The City of Ames is helping residents prepare for possible flooding.

They have opened two self-serve sandbagging sites for concerned residents and business owners to use.

Officials have been working with the National Weather Service to monitor gauges along the Skunk River and Squaw Creek. They say with more rain predicted both could reach or exceed flood stage. They are preparing for low-level flooding and advising residents to have valuables ready to be moved to higher ground if necessary.

The two sandbag locations are Iowa State University Towers parking lot and South Dayton Place at Southeast 16th Street. They are self-serve, sand, bags and shovels are on site.

As of Tuesday, the South Skunk River near Highway 30 in Ames is receding but it’s still over flood stage.

The river crested at 22’5” on Monday but has since fallen to 22-feet. That’s still half a foot above flood stage.

River levels can be monitored on the Iowa Flood Center website.