Johnson County cities help flood-affected communities

Official: 'Next time around it could be us'

Hesco barriers sit in front of the Tree of Five Seasons in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Hesco barriers sit in front of the Tree of Five Seasons in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

JOHNSON COUNTY — Various Johnson County municipalities provided flood assistance to their neighbors impacted by flooding this week.

“Next time around it could be us,” said Michael Pentecost, streets superintendent in North Liberty, which donated 70 pallets of filled sandbags, some empty bags and four pumps to various communities affected by the flooding. “We might need to be the one needing that service.”

Eric Fisher, streets and solid waste superintendent in Coralville, said a pump and tools for building levies and making sandbags was donated. Fisher said Johnson County Emergency Management owns the equipment but Coralville stores and transports it for the county.

Iowa City allowed Cedar Rapids to use 1 mile of sand-filled barriers it obtained to prevent flood damage in 2014, said Ron Knoche, Iowa City’s director of public works. A city engineer worked with Cedar Rapids on the barriers before the company’s representative got to town Friday night, he said. Iowa City also volunteered a building inspector’s time if needed this week.

“It’s important that we help them out just as they’d help us out if the table was turned,” Knoche said.

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