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Officials say crest is higher than expected in Lee County

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Officials are tracking water levels closely in Lee County after it was discovered that the crest is higher than previously predicted.

Emergency Management Director Steve Cirrina says the gauge on the Iowa River near Wapello wasn't registering properly.
   
He says the National Weather Service determined Thursday that all of the water wasn't going through the gauge and they concluded that the crest is higher than expected.

Cirrina says because of the crest predictions, flood preparations have been underway.

"Keokuk has put up their rock wall," Cirinna said. "It's a pile of rocks that they put up along River Drive to help keep the water from coming across that. In Montrose they are getting ready to sandbag as much as possible. We got some pumps for them from the state when it does come up so they can start pumping some of the water out."

Cirrina says as long as there isn't any significant rain this weekend Lee County should be in the clear.

He says it is supposed to crest in Burlington Saturday and Keokuk on Sunday.

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