COPY-Ground water flooding a risk for downtown Sioux City businesses
Sioux City officials have assured everyone that the river will not reach the interstate. Still, that doesn't guarantee that downtown businesses won't be affected by the rise in the water table.
They say any businesses that have had issues with ground water flooding in the past should take extra precautions to protect their properties.
"As the river level raises, the groundwater level will increase, so if there's areas that have seen the same thing happen in years past, we've had infiltration in the basement because this is a high likely hood that something similar will happen again. There is not a threat for the Missouri River to get to that level, but this would be the ground water piping in through the basement through cracks," said Public Works Director Chris Payer.
Officials have also urged residents in Riverside to do the same. Again they don't expect flood waters to reach these areas, but do say ground water could be higher than normal.