With the cutback in water releases, Council Bluffs suspended sandbagging operations on Monday.
City spokesman Don Gross says groundwater levels will remain high there, causing problems for the next several months.
“We’ll have, as this event goes on, more basement collapses, more flooded basements and more personal private property damage,” Gross says. “It’s an invisible crisis. It’s very visible for the person who lives in the home but you could drive by and you wouldn’t know.”
He says the floodwaters won’t be falling for weeks yet.
“We have a real flood threat here through the entire month of August.” Gross says the decision to stop sandbagging was NOT prompted by the reduction in water being released upstream, from the Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota.
The city has about 90,000 sandbags filled, enough meet current needs, according to Gross, plus the number of sandbag-filling volunteers has declined because of the heat.