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Riverside prepares for high water

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

The water watch continues through out northwest Iowa, including in Sioux City

Extra protection is being put in place to help the neighborhood of Riverside.

Protecting their property, people filled sandbags at Goldie Park in Sioux City on Wednesday.

A precaution they hope won't be needed.

Sioux City leaders received many calls from people concerned about potential flooding in the Riverside neighborhood.

So, they held a news conference to say the situation appears to be under control.

Bob Padmore, City Manager of Sioux City said, "What we hope here to alleviate some of the concerns people have because people want to know what's going on and how it will affect them."

The Big Sioux River flowed at just over 90 feet Wednesday afternoon.

It's expected to crest at 109 feet by Friday.

That's a half-a-foot higher than the record crest of 108.3 feet in April of 1969.

"What we're taking is preemptive actions and we'll able to prevent an overflow of the big Sioux City," said Padmore.

The action includes work extending a levee to protect Riverside from rising waters.

River Drive is shut down as crews add 561 feet to the existing levee to keep a community safe and dry.

"We want to assure everyone this extension is going in place to protect to protect the structure in Riverside," said Jade Dundas, Sioux City Public Works Director.

The levee should bfinisheded Thursday before the Big Sioux River crests on Friday.

The levee worked during flooding in 2011 so city officials say it should be able to handle the high water this time around.

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