River largely spares eastern Iowa city

Published On: Jun 27 2013 06:58:14 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 27 2013 06:58:00 AM CDT

Residents of an eastern Iowa city are resting a little easier, now that the river that bisects the town has begun to ebb.

Capt. Blake Hayward of the Independence Fire Department says the Wapsipinicon River crested just over 13.4 feet around 11 p.m. Wednesday and is going down.

The rain-swollen river had been expected to crest at 24 feet, but that forecast was later revised to more than 15 feet.

Hayward says there was some minor flooding in the city at low-lying spots.

The National Weather Service said that by 3:15 a.m. Thursday the river was already more than 7 feet above flood stage and rising in Anamosa, which is down the river from Independence. A crest of between 25 and 28 feet was expected late Friday.