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Mason City Residents Share Thoughts on Flood Mitigation Efforts

December 05, 2018 10:36 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Residents of two Mason City neighborhoods that are prone to flooding shared their thoughts at a meeting Wednesday night on proposals designed to reduce the impact of high water near their homes.

After substantial flooding closed streets and inundated homes in Mason City and elsewhere in north Iowa in June, the city and engineering consultants from WHKS began looking into ways to alleviate flooding in the Asbury and Eastbrooke neighborhoods along the Winnebago River on the city's east side.

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In the Asbury neighborhood, officials put forth a number of options, including having the city rebuild an existing drainage system that is outdated and often plugs up due to tree roots. That option would cost around $290,000. 

"It could be replaced with something that is [up to] current standards. The system that's in there is already 35 years old at least," city engineer Mark Rahm said.

Another plan would see residents form a drainage district for the subdivision.

For the Eastbrooke neighborhood, WHKS proposed building a 50-foot wide by four-foot deep channel to direct surface water into the nearby Ideal Creek, a project that would cost around $400,000. Some residents expressed concern that the plan would protect homes in the northern part of the neighborhood at the expense of those further downstream.

Officials will take the public comments into consideration when issuing their final report by the end of the year.

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