As water approaches, crews build up Hamburg, Iowa levee

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 | 10:41 a.m. CDT; updated 12:09 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 16, 2011

HAMBURG, Iowa — Crews are working to strengthen the last line of flood defense around the southwest Iowa town of Hamburg as water from a failed Missouri River levee several miles away approaches.

Workers supervised by the Army Corps of Engineers are trying to add another 3 feet of height to the new levee by Wednesday night to protect the town of 1,100.

Iowa emergency management spokeswoman Lucinda Robertson said levee work started Monday night and continued Tuesday.

The corps started building the new Hamburg levee last week after finding problems in the main levee in Missouri that failed Monday.

If Hamburg's new levee doesn't hold back the floodwater later this week, parts of the town could be covered by as much as 10 feet of standing water for months.

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