Nearly 100 people showed up at the Iowa Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant on March 18 to help fill and stack sandbags to protect city infrastructure from and Iowa River ice jam that threatened to raise water levels and push ice over the riverbanks.

Hundreds of volunteers worked last March to fill and stack sandbags around Iowa Falls’ infrastructure as a massive ice jam pushed the Iowa River over its banks and threatened to inundate city wells and the wastewater treatment plant. Disaster was averted, but city officials are now investigating what can be done to protect that infrastructure from future high water events.

At a meeting last week, the Iowa Falls City Council gave its permission to pay Fox Engineering $25,000 to develop a flood mitigation plan that, at best, could get federal funding, and at worse, would require some city spending, but in the end would put leaders’ and citizens’ minds at rest.


Hardin County Deputy Kourtney Nachazel and Iowa Falls Police Officer Bryce Knudsen arrive on River Road to help evacuate residents who were blocked into their home by an ice jam on the Iowa River that pushed huge chunks of ice up over River Road.

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