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Pott. County residents prepare for another flood

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Posted at 5:23 PM, Sep 16, 2019

POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY, Iowa (KMTV) -- — Pottawattamie County officials say you should have a back-up plan if you're traveling on I-29 north of Council Bluffs on Tuesday.

A third round of flooding from the Missouri River is expected in the overnight hours. River levels are expected to rise because of heavy rain north of the metro.

People are also urged to move low lying items and possibly evacuate the area if their homes flooded before.

"I think it's just the frustration of it to get back in and get everything kind of half way back in order and cleaned up and now you got to do it again and you don't know how much to move out and how much to leave,” said Bob Hansen, a Pottawattamie County property owner.

Pott. County Emergency Management Director Doug Reed says there's still standing water because they still haven't been able to get to some levees that were compromised months ago for repairs.

"We just want everybody to be on high alert, areas we typically see flood from the Missouri River can be expected to flood again, so we know we're going to have roads especially in the northwest part of the county for sure be inundated again cutting off access to residential properties and other areas and for commuting traffic," Reed explained

The Iowa Department of Transportation is prepared to shut down parts of I-29 if water gets over it so have an alternate route.